Rookie Zack Godley pitched six scoreless innings and the Diamondbacks hit four home runs in a 6-4 victory that knocked the Nationals out of first place in the NL East.
The three-game sweep at the hands of the Mets proved that the Nationals, despite their certainty, are nowhere near challenging for the World Series and will likely have to scrap just to get into the playoffs.
Duda hit a home run in the fourth inning and another in the seventh as the Mets climbed to within one game of the Nationals in the National League East with a 3-2 victory at Citi Field.
Harper was tossed from the game in the 11th inning for arguing balls and strikes, and Wilmer Flores hit a leadoff home run in the 12th inning to give the Mets a 2-1 win on Friday.
Papelbon wasn’t brought to Washington to save games. Drew Storen can do that. He’s got 29 saves this season and 95 over his young career. No, the harsh and simple reality is that the Nationals traded for Papelbon to save a championship.
Scherzer scattered three hits over seven innings, Papelbon got his first save for Washington with a perfect ninth inning and the Nationals beat the Marlins, 1-0, on Thursday.
The Texas Rangers acquired Philadelphia Phillies ace Cole Hamels on Wednesday night.
Papelbon has been lights-out in the postseason over his career and is 12th all-time with 342 saves, and his acquisition late Tuesday showed general manager Mike Rizzo has his team’s best intentions on his mind.
Fernandez stayed unbeaten in his home career, Dee Gordon’s standup triple led to him scoring the go-ahead run in his return to the lineup and the Marlins topped the Nationals, 4-1, on Tuesday night.
Papelbon, 34, is 17-for-17 in save chances this season and, with 123 saves, owns the Phillies’ career record. The Nationals will ship out Double-A right-hander Nick Pivetta and demote Drew Storen to a set-up role.
Werth and Zimmerman were activated from the disabled list on Tuesday night after lengthy stints and will be in the lineup for the Nationals’ game against the Marlins.
Tulowitzki, who had spent his entire 10-year career with the Rockies, was traded to the Blue Jays in the early hours of Tuesday morning, with Jose Reyes among a package of players heading west.