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It's the first time the Nationals have made the playoffs in back-to-back seasons and their fourth division title in the past six seasons.
"This never gets old," first baseman Ryan Zimmerman said. "Adults don't get to spray champagne and do stupid stuff in public. This is the only place you can do it."
Out - Washington - Fans - Seats - Conclusion
After the final out was made in Washington, some fans remained in their seats to watch the conclusion of the game in Atlanta on the scoreboard, waiting to see if a celebration was forthcoming. A few players went to the dugout at times to watch, but the team mostly watched and waited in the clubhouse, their celebration on hold as they cheered the Braves -- left-hander Gio Gonzalez even put on the Braves' "tomahawk chop" song as Atlanta began to rally.
"It's great. Now we're going to October," right-hander Max Scherzer said. "We know we're going to October, we know we're going to be a good team going into October, and that's all that matters."
Strasburg - Game - Batters - Phillies - Hits
Strasburg began the game by retiring the first 10 batters and held the Phillies to just two hits -- both by third baseman Maikel Franco -- as he struck out 10 and walked one in eight innings. He has now thrown 34 consecutive scoreless innings, the longest streak in the Majors this season and the longest streak in franchise history, and is rounding into dominant form as the postseason draws near.
"Strasburg was real good," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "He had all his pitches working for him, and he was tough to hit. We got young guys who've never seen him before."
Game - Stretch - Games - Days - Nationals
This was the final game in a stretch of 21 games in 20 days for the Nationals, which prompted manager Dusty Baker to rest his starters ahead of Monday's off-day to give them an extended...
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