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The Nats have pitched well all season. They didn’t Monday.

“That’s a heck of an offensive club and this was just one of those games,” said reliever Sean Burnett. “Since it’s a playoff game, you don’t want to say just throw it away. We have to pitch a little better.”

A lot better unless they want their season to end this week. They can afford another “one of those days” in this series. Just not two.