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The Nationals, who have lost nine of their past 13, came out of the All-Star break with a bright outlook. The trip began with three tough games against NL East rival Atlanta but then take them to two of baseball’s worst teams. It seemed an opportunity to make headway toward the first winning season in Nationals history.

Instead, they failed to win a series. Now they head home for three straight series against divisional foes looking at the trip as a disappointment.

“No question about it,” Johnson said. “I had high hopes coming out, and I know a lot of the guys did. We’re just not getting it done. I know the effort’s there, but we just didn’t swing the bats when we needed to. We’ll get it right. Go home, get a little home cooking, we’ll be fine.”