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The Nationals tallied 12 hits off starter Dallas Keuchel and yet, when he exited, had only plated four runs. They recorded outs on two of the first three batters in the eighth, yet they still watched as Storen walked the bases loaded and went to a 3-0 count on J.D. Martinez before giving up a missile flyout to center.

They saw Clippard hit a batter, walk a batter and serve up a game-tying RBI double to blow his fourth save of the season, before finally reverting to his fastball and getting out without further damage.

And, ultimately, thanks to the dysfunction and disarray of their opponent, won their 66th game of the season.

“We’re out there everyday just knowing we’re going to win,” Clippard said. “We have that winning mentality right now. No matter if we’re up, down, whatever. Any situation that we’re in, we feel confident that we’re either going to come back or hold the lead. We feel like we’re going to win every night. It’s a nice feeling.”