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Ross Detwiler became the fourth Nationals’ starter to earn at least 10 wins this season with six superb innings. Detwiler pounded the Dodgers with fastballs, almost half of them his trademark power sinker, and dared them to hit it.

For the better part of six innings — including a perfect first three — they could not. Buoyed by offense from Bryce Harper and Zimmerman in the third, and by Desmond, Danny Espinosa and Suzuki in the fourth, Detwiler put the Nationals well on their way to hitting their first postseason milepost. Storen sealed it off.

“This is not an ordinary win,” said outfielder Jayson Werth, who encouraged a small celebration after this win, wanting his teammates to acknowledge the hurdle they’d cleared. “But in the ninth Drew comes in and it was probably the most I’ve seen our fans into a game in the ninth inning. It was a special moment there.

“I think we’re all very proud of what we accomplished and I’m happy for the organization and the city of Washington, D.C. and the surrounding areas. It’s been a long time.”

As reporters entered the clubhouse, principal owner Ted Lerner stood outside with a smile plastered to his face. “Great,” he said twice as his family and other parts of their ownership group made their way out excitedly. For much of his life all Ted Lerner had known of baseball in D.C. was either a losing team or no team at all. Now he stood atop of the best team in the major leagues, one going to the playoffs.

“It’s kind of one of those things where in the beginning it wasn’t so fun, I’m sure,” Zimmerman said of the ownership group. “And they were wondering is this the right idea, maybe? I don’t know if they were wondering that — but they had to go through some tough times just like us. They’ve come a long way, and for them to be able to be down there and help this stadium get close to as good as it’s going to get for atmosphere, it had to be pretty special for them.”

He took off his new hat and t-shirt and looked around and a now mostly empty clubhouse. The clock was inching toward Friday, bringing with it another day and his team’s main goals still unaccomplished.

“It’s great,” Zimmerman said. “It’s awesome. I don’t want to downplay it, because it’s a huge accomplishment for the organization. But I think the next one is the one where we’ll do a little more celebrating.”