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But there wasn’t much else for the Nationals to care to relive.

Corey Brown swung through strike three for the final out and they trudged quietly off the field. Tomorrow, perhaps, they will celebrate. Tomorrow, perhaps, they will earn the first of what they hope is multiple championships this season. For now all they had was their 62nd defeat.

“We can’t afford to have anything linger,” Jackson said, his next turn in the rotation scheduled for Wednesday in the Nationals’ final game of the regular season, a game they hope will be inconsequential with regard to their playoff positioning. “The only thing we can do is look forward, take away what you could’ve done differently and continue to move on.”