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“He battled ‘em, gave us five innings, kept us in the ballgame, gave us a chance to win,” Johnson said. “But there are times like that where he needs to use his whole arsenal. But he’ll get there.”

When Cingrani was gone from the game, the Nationals threatened often. But outside of an RBI double by Suzuki off the base of the left-field wall, and another by Desmond into center field, nothing came of those threats.

As they packed for a seven-game road trip that will start with a pivotal series against the Atlanta Braves, they tried to look at the good things that came out of this weekend and not the return of frustration.

“We just won a series,” Detwiler said. “We won a four-game series and that’s tough to do. It’s very positive looking forward.”