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MacDougal’s two walks led to another run in the eighth, and then it was on to the familiar strains of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman,” played through a clearer and more expensive set of speakers than anything that ever beckoned closer Mariano Rivera at the old Yankee Stadium.

The result was no different. Rivera kept pumping cut fastballs, a little slower than he used to but still nasty enough to put the Nationals away in order.

Rather than an uplifting win, the Nationals were left trying to find something uplifting in another loss.

“We’re building something here with that rotation, and every five days, a guy like Martis goes out there and gives us this type of effort,” Acta said. “Some of them probably want to have one or two more wins, and they don’t have it, but they continue to pitch well for us.”