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A few weeks ago, when the Nationals returned to 15 games above .500 for the second time this season, Johnson spoke about the next goal. A fan of counting in fives, he set his sights on 20 games over the break-even mark. At 57-39, if the Nationals play .500 baseball for the rest of the season they’ll win 90 games. Two more wins in a row and they’ll reach 20 over.

“I think we’re clicking pretty good right now,” LaRoche said. It can get better. But it’s pretty good right now.”