Already assured of the capital's first postseason baseball since 1933, the Nationals are trying to clinch the NL East title Monday night at Nats Park.
"We've got to play the type of baseball that we're capable of playing," infielder Ian Desmond said. "We didn't do that today."
Washington's (96-63) magic number for clinching the division remains at one with three games remaining. The Nationals are at home to face Philadelphia, while Atlanta plays at Pittsburgh.
Washington, 16-12 in September, is seeking the franchise's first division crown since the Montreal Expos won the East in 1981
"We've played all year to get to this point," Jayson Werth said. "Now we've got one game to win, and we get to do it at home."
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