The Washington Times - July 1, 2009, 12:04AM

The Nationals have lost 54 games this season in all kinds of frustrating manner. Tonight’s 7-5 loss to the Marlins ranks right up there with the worst of them.

Leading 5-1 in the sixth, they managed to give up six runs in 1 2/3 innings. Hanley Ramirez belted a two-run homer off Craig Stammen. Ryan Zimmerman committed his third error of the game. Tyler Clippard was all over the place. Joe Beimel gave up a two-run single to Ramirez that put Florida ahead for good in the seventh.

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And then the rain came. It came in buckets, and it came minutes after the Nats had blown the lead. After a 90-minute wait, with no end in sight, the umps called it.

So the Nats lost their ninth straight to the Marlins, their 23rd in their last 26 games against Florida. Unreal.

Afterward, Adam Dunn summed it all up: “[The rain]¬†couldn’t have happened an inning before? It’s like, what else can go wrong? I’m beginning to think the baseball gods really do hate us.”

Dunn will get no argument here.