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It was his first multihit game in more than two weeks, and his demeanor after the game made clear how much of a weight it seemed to lift from him. The Nationals lost their sixth of 24 series this season, but there weren’t too many heads hung low. On to the next series, against the woebegone Colorado Rockies, perhaps with the No. 3 hitter they’re accustomed to.

“He looked like the old Zim,” Johnson said. “That’s a great sign.”