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Washington Nationals' Juan Soto (22) celebrates with his teammates after a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Washington. The Nationals won 6-3. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Win over Braves shows hope lives for Nationals

On an afternoon that felt like a turning point, facing a game that seemed far more important than just one of 162, the Nationals scraped together a win — and they did it without a hobbled Bryce Harper and with a struggling Gio Gonzalez, who won for the first time since May.

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Gio Gonzalez finally has reason to smile as slide ends

- The Washington Times

Washington, chasing Atlanta and Philadelphia in the National League East, needed a win Thursday to even the four-game series against the Braves. The Nationals got it behind Gonzalez’s revitalized effort, in which he completed seven innings of one-run baseball.

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