For seven innings, they gave no reason for the 26,931 in attendance to believe they had a rally in them, one that would give everyone at Nationals Park reason to celebrate the clinching of Washingt


In their first seven years of existence, the Washington Nationals lost plenty of ballgames in devastating fashion. They lost on walk-off homers. They lost on walk-off throwing errors.


NEW YORK -- Two weeks ago in Boston Joel Ward experienced the ecstasy of scoring a series-clinching overtime goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.