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Nats edge Cubs, clinch winning season

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WASHINGTON -- The first winning season in franchise history didn't thrill Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson when he was reminded of it.

"I guess," Johnson said and paused. "I wasn't real concerned about it."

The Nationals, who moved to Washington for the 2005 season, had never won more than 81 games. After their 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Monday, they have their 82nd victory, a 6½-game lead over Atlanta in the NL East and the best record in the majors.

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"We haven't really done anything yet and we're looking for bigger things," Ryan Zimmerman said. "It not being a major story shows how far we've come."

Ross Detwiler allowed four hits in seven shutout innings and Adam LaRoche hit a second-inning homer for Washington. Detwiler (9-6) struck out three and walked three, allowing only one runner to get past second base.

"Today he was real special. He mixed in some breaking balls. Even the ones that were bad were pretty good," Johnson said.

Chicago right-hander Jeff Samardzija gave up a long home run to LaRoche to lead off the second. LaRoche's 25th home run landed in the front row of the second deck. It's the fourth time in his career LaRoche has hit 25 or more home runs.

Zimmerman's RBI double scored Bryce Harper in the eighth for the second run.

Drew Storen pitched a perfect eighth.

Tyler Clippard allowed two hits and a two-out RBI single to Welington Castillo in the ninth. Clippard threw the ball away for an error and allowed pinch-runner Tony Campana to reach second before striking out Josh Vitters for his 30th save in 33 opportunities.

Samardzija (8-13) allowed seven hits in seven innings. He walked one and struck out eight.

"You love playing against these kind of teams. When you're a team in our situation, anytime you can play these first or second-place teams where they're still playing for something, it means a lot, and they're fun games," Samardzija said.

Chicago, whose loss on Sunday guaranteed a third straight losing season, has dropped three straight. The Cubs have a 12-23 record in one-run games.

"It's amazing how you can be in so many games and never win them," manager Dale Sveum said. "That's a sign of a team that needs to get a long way before you start winning those games."

The Nationals went 81-81 in their first season in D.C., lost a combined 205 games in 2008-09, and finished 80-81 in 2011.

"We've come a long way. You can't start an organization from the ground up and expect that to happen real quickly," Zimmerman said. "Now, we're going to be set not just for this year, but for a lot of years to come. We have a long ways to go. It can get a lot better. You have to learn how to win and you have to learn how to do a lot of things right at this level to win."

Their 82nd win puts them 30 games over .500.

Detwiler recited the team's upcoming schedule, which includes three games against the second-place Braves in Atlanta Sept. 14-16.

"We know if we win the games there's no way we're out of it," Detwiler said.

Notes

  • Johnson, GM Mike Rizzo and pitching coach Steve McCatty met with RHP Stephen Strasburg to explain the reasons the team is ending his season after two more starts. "I'm not sure any of us understand, but it's the right thing to do," Johnson said.
  • Washington OF Michael Morse left the game in the fourth inning with a sore right thumb. "I knew their pitcher was going to pound him in. He didn't want to come out," Johnson said. Johnson expects him to play on Tuesday.
  • Nationals LHP Sean Burnett will probably miss a few days with a sore right elbow, Johnson said.
  • Washington purchased the contracts of RHP Christian Garcia and LHP Zach Duke from Triple-A Syracuse. RHP Henry Rodriguez was moved to the 60-day disabled list.
  • U.S. Olympic swimming gold medalist Katie Ledecky threw out the first pitch.
  • Nationals RHP Edwin Jackson (8-9, 3.53) and LHP Chris Rusin (0-1, 1.80) are Tuesday's pitchers. Rusin and three others, RHPs Jaye Chapman and Rafael Dolis and C Anthony Recker, will be added to Chicago's roster on Tuesday.
 
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Adam LaRoche heads to the Nats' dugout after cracking his 25th home run of the season to lead off the second inning. (US Presswire)
Adam LaRoche heads to the Nats' dugout after cracking his 25th home run of the season to lead off the second inning. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Washington

R. Detwiler
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 3
K 3
Chicago

J. Samardzija
IP 7.0
H 7
ER 1
BB 1
K 8
 

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Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Joe Mather, CF3000011 .208
   a- Brett Jackson, PH1000010 .188
    Jeffrey Beliveau, P0000000 .000
    Michael Bowden, P0000000 .000
Darwin Barney, 2B4000001 .256
Anthony Rizzo, 1B4110000 .286
Alfonso Soriano, LF4010011 .259
Starlin Castro, SS4020002 .275
Welington Castillo, C3021111 .283
    Tony Campana, PR0000000 .258
Josh Vitters, 3B3000114 .081
Dave Sappelt, RF2000103 .000
Jeff Samardzija, P1000000 .106
   b- David DeJesus, PH-CF1000000 .270
Totals3016135  
a-struck out for Mather in the 8th
b-flied out for Samardzija in the 8th
Batting
2B - Starlin Castro (20, Detwiler)
SH - Jeff Samardzija (6)
RBI - Welington Castillo (15)
2-OUT RBI - Welington Castillo (10)
Team LOB - 6
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Samardzija (L,8-13) 7711181 3.91
Jeffrey Beliveau 0.1211010 3.65
Michael Bowden 0.2000000 4.21
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Samardzija 108-68, Jeffrey Beliveau 10-6, Michael Bowden 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Samardzija 3-9
Batters Faced - Jeff Samardzija 28, Jeffrey Beliveau 3, Michael Bowden 2
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jayson Werth, RF4010010 .312
Bryce Harper, CF4110001 .254
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4011011 .283
Adam LaRoche, 1B4111022 .260
Michael Morse, LF1000010 .288
   a- Roger Bernadina, PH-LF2010000 .302
   b- Tyler Moore, PH-LF1000001 .280
Ian Desmond, SS4020011 .287
Danny Espinosa, 2B3020012 .255
Kurt Suzuki, C2000101 .222
Ross Detwiler, P2000022 .054
   c- Chad Tracy, PH1000000 .282
    Drew Storen, P0000000 .000
    Tyler Clippard, P0000000 .000
Totals3229219  
a-popped out for Morse in the 4th
b-flied out for Bernadina in the 8th
c-flied out for Detwiler in the 7th
Batting
2B - Ryan Zimmerman (31, Beliveau)
HR - Adam LaRoche (25, Samardzija)
RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (71), Adam LaRoche (85)
PK - Ian Desmond (1, Samardzija)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Desmond-Espinosa-LaRoche, Zimmerman-Espinosa-LaRoche
E - Tyler Clippard (2, Throwing), Ryan Zimmerman (13, Throwing)
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ross Detwiler (W,9-6) 7400330 3.15
Drew Storen (H,8) 1000010 3.63
Tyler Clippard (S,30) 1211010 2.79
Pitches-Strikes - Ross Detwiler 93-62, Drew Storen 9-6, Tyler Clippard 25-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ross Detwiler 9-7
Batters Faced - Ross Detwiler 26, Drew Storen 3, Tyler Clippard 5
Game Information
Attendance - 23215
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - Clint Fagan, Second Base - Mike Estabrook, Third Base - Jerry Layne