Wild Card berth

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ST. LOUIS -- Ross Detwiler sat by his locker Friday afternoon, doing the math in his head. The Nationals' magic number at that point was 3.

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PHILADELPHIA -- They've won 95 games, matching the franchise record. They've won more games than they've lost every month this season.

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PHILADELPHIA -- And so we have reached the home stretch at last, the final nine regular season games of what has turned into a most entertaining and surprising year for the Nationals.

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Game in a nutshell: The Nationals' 2012 season will extend to at least a 163rd game.