Nats drop first game of crucial doubleheader

Nats drop first game of crucial doubleheader
September 22, 2013, 4:15 pm
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Game in a nutshell: With their backs against the wall in the playoff race, the Nats can’t afford a poor outing from one of their starting pitchers, much less one against the last place Marlins. Dan Haren allowed Miami to take an early lead thanks to a two-run home run by Giancarlo Stanton in the top of the first. He then coughed up a solo shot to Christian Yelich in the third inning. The Nats weren’t able to recover from the early deficit. Though Washington’s offense has been better lately, they were baffled for six innings by Tom Koehler. The right-hander allowed just two runs through six innings and kept them scoreless through the first five frames. He carved the Nats up with remarkable efficiency, needing only 79 pitches to make it six. Ryan Mattheus gave up another run in the seventh inning as the Marlins scored four on the day. The loss means the Atlanta Braves have clinched the National League East, taking the division title for the first time since 2005.

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