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In a season filled with inconsistency from night to night, the one relative constant for the Nationals has been their bullpen.

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By WILL GRAVES

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Edinson Volquez allowed one run in six sharp innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates edged the Washington Nationals 3-1 Thursday night.

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After tying a Nationals' record with a perfect 5-for-5 game on Tuesday night, center fielder Denard Span picked up right where he left off against the Reds on Wednesday.

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The Nationals and Reds were cruising through their game on Wednesday when the skies opened up with a torrential downpour in the top of the sixth inning.

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Needing a starter for Thursday's game in Pittsburgh, the Nationals have called up right-hander Blake Treinen from Triple-A Syracuse and optioned reliever Ryan Mattheus back down to make room.

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