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“They’ve got everything to play for,” Burnett said. “They’ve got their season on the line and you’re going to get their best shot and we got two out of three from them, so that’s a pretty good confidence-builder.”

Notes: Beachy got his first major league hit in the third inning, a high bouncer that just cleared the pitcher’s glove and went right between the charging second baseman and shortstop. … The Nationals honored Cox in a pregame ceremony, presenting him with a flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol followed by a performance by the U.S. Navy Band. “I never expected anything like that and probably don’t deserve it. I’m honored that they did it,” said Cox, who is retiring at the end of the season. … Hernandez made his 32nd regular season start against a Cox-managed team, tying him for first with Curt Schilling, Andy Benes and Steve Trachsel. Hernandez has started against a Cox team 34 times, including postseason, behind only Schilling’s 35. … Jim Riggleman won his 100th game since taking over as Nationals manager in the middle of the 2009 season. He’s lost 131.