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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

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. Published August 9, 2018

FILE- In this June 26, 2018, file photo, St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Greg Holland throws during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in St. Louis. The Washington Nationals have signed the free agent reliever Greg Holland, whom they hope can regain his effectiveness and provide leadership in the clubhouse. Holland was 0-2 with a 7.92 ERA in 32 games with St. Louis before being designated for assignment on July 27. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Welcome to D.C., Greg Holland

Greg Holland takes the mound for the first time for the Nationals, walks one, strikes out the next three Braves batters. Published August 7, 2018

Alexander Zverev, of Germany, celebrates after he won over Alex de Minaur, of Australia, in the men's finals in the Citi Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

German Zverev dominates for second straight Citi Open victory

Sunday's final showcased a next-generation talent on the verge of becoming elite in Germany's Alexander Zverev, the D.C. tournament's top seed who defeated Alex de Minaur in two sets (6-2, 6-4) to capture his second Citi Open title in as many years. Published August 5, 2018

Virginia Tech defender Tim Settle (4) grabs Duke quarterback Daniel Jones (17) from behind in the second half of an NCAA college football game in Blacksburg Va., Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. Virginia Tech won the game 24-3. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP) ** FILE **

Tim Settle stepping up in Daron Payne's absence

As Derrius Guice received the handoff from Alex Smith, Tim Settle burst through the line of scrimmage -- using all of his 6-foot-3, 328-pound frame to force the rookie running back into a swarm of bodies, short of the goal line. Published August 4, 2018

Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith (11) and Colt McCoy (12) walk to the field for the morning session of the Redskins NFL football training camp in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Alex Smith over Kirk Cousins? Fans seem to think so

Adam Turner walked into Washington Redskins' training camp in Richmond still wearing his Kirk Cousins jersey. But that was only because his Alex Smith version was still in his cart online. Published August 4, 2018

Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner (7) throws to first during a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Sunday, July 22, 2018, in Washington. The Nationals won 6-2.(AP Photo/Nick Wass) ** FILE **

An emotional Turner apologizes again for tweets

Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner teared up as he addressed the media pregame at Nationals Park for the first time since offensive tweets from 2011 and 2012 were exposed Sunday. Published July 31, 2018

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg delivers against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning of a baseball game at Nationals Park in Washington, Friday, July 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) ** FILE **

Strasburg returns to DL with pinched nerve

Washington Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg went back on the disabled list just a week after he was reinstated. This time, Strasburg has a pinched nerve in his neck. Published July 26, 2018

D.C. United forward Wayne Rooney (9) talks to the officials following the team's MLS soccer match against the New York Red Bulls, Wednesday, July 25, 2018, in Washington. The Red Bulls won 1-0. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

D.C. United lose to New York Red Bulls, 1-0

As rain fell at Audi Field and a storm pushed back kickoff 1 hour 30 minutes, the Red Bulls spoiled United's second match at their new stadium with a 1-0 win. New York's early breakthrough was enough for the visitors, who held on despite a late push from D.C. Published July 26, 2018

Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones, left, and second baseman Jonathan Schoop sit in the dugout in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Monday, July 23, 2018, in Baltimore. Boston won 5-3. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) **FILE**

Orioles' lost season may rank among worst ever

The Orioles have the most losses in baseball and the worst winning percentage. The last team to win fewer than 50 games was the 2003 Detroit Tigers. Baltimore could challenge that, and so could the 31-win Kansas City Royals. Published July 25, 2018

Washington Nationals relief pitcher Koda Glover throws during the ninth inning of the baseball game against the New York Mets at Citi Field, Sunday, April 23, 2017, in New York. The Nationals defeated the Mets 6-3. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) ** FILE **

Koda Glover activated, optioned to Syracuse

The Washington Nationals announced Sunday they reinstated reliever Koda Glover from the 60-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Syracuse. Published July 22, 2018

D.C. United forward Wayne Rooney (9) works with the ball during the second half of an MLS soccer match against the Vancouver Whitecaps, at Audi Field, Saturday, July 14, 2018, in Washington. DC United won 3-1. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

D.C. United looks for rare road win in Atlanta

When D.C. United last met Atlanta, it was the start of a brutal stretch of away games, one that yielded just two wins in 14 attempts as Audi Field was under construction. Published July 20, 2018