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Ross Detwiler was roughed up for seven runs (three earned) in only 2 1/3 innings.
ST. LOUIS -- They wanted to get this thing over with.
Sure, it's always nice to celebrate at home in front of your own fans, but the Nationals have been inching toward their first-ever division title for quite a while now, and each day that passes without them finishing it off feels like a wasted day, another day in which Davey Johnson feels forced to play all of his regulars instead of giving them a pre-postseason breather.
So the Nationals desperately wanted to celebrate at Busch Stadum Sunday afternoon, either via their own win over the Cardinals or an admittedly unlikely Braves loss at Turner Field.
"I mean, we just want to do it," shortstop Ian Desmond said. "It doesn't matter where it's at."
Well, if they do it now, it will have to take place at Nationals Park. The worst-case combination of Atlanta's 6-2 win over the Mets and Washington's 10-4 loss in St. Louis leaves the magic number stuck on 1 and leaves the Nationals trying again for the clinch Monday night at home, with John Lannan on the mound against a Phillies club that was already eliminated from postseason contention over the weekend.