A Quick History Of Washington Nationals' Win Streaks.

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 16: Danny Espinosa #18 of the Washington Nationals gets doused with gatorade by Ian Desmond #6 and Roger Bernadina #2 after hitting the game winning three run home run in the tenth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park on June 16, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Nationals won the game 7-4. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

What began with a win in the second of four games in San Diego last Friday has now stretched on for six-straight with the Washington Nationals taking three of four games from the Padres on the road and three-straight from St. Louis Cardinals at home in Nats Park. The Nationals' longest win-streak in 2011 before the last week had been a four-game stretch that saw them sweep the Milwaukee Brewers out of Nationals Park before traveling to St. Louis and taking the first of three from the Cards from April 15th-20th. Before the current win-streak, the Nats hadn't won more than six in a row since they took seven-straight to end the '09 campaign, falling a game short of tying a season-long eight-game win streak. That win-streak saw the Nationals take eight-straight from August 2nd through 9th, 2009, two of three from Pittsburgh before sweeping back-to-back three-game road series from Florida and Arizona...

The Nats won seven-straight from August 26 through September 1, 2008, beating the LA Dodgers and Atlanta Braves in back-to-back three-game series, and taking the first of three from Philadelphia. The Nats' longest streak in 2007 saw Washington beat Cincinnati and St. Louis in six-straight on the road from May 1st through 9th, and in 2006 it was six again, with the Nationals beating the Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants in six-straight at home in RFK from July 21st through the 27th. 

The longest win streak in franchise history, however, took place in 2005, June 2nd through the 12th, when the Nationals beat the Braves in the third game of a three-game set on June 2nd then continued to take three-straight from the Florida Marlins, three from the Oakland A's and three from the Seattle Mariners for 10 in-a-row. That win streak saw the Nats move from third place on June 3rd to 1st place on the 5th, and end the streak with a 37-26 record, and a game and a half lead in the NL East. The Nats had another six-game win streak that season, taking three from the Pirates and three from the Cubs from June 28th through July 3rd. 

A win tonight, in the first game of a three-game Interleague series with the Orioles will help Washington tie the D.C. franchise's third-longest win streak. A sweep of the Orioles would put them at nine and they'd have to take one from Seattle next Tuesday to tie the franchise's best. The current streak's gotten the Nationals out of the NL East's basement, a game ahead of the 5th place Marlins, a game behind the third place Mets and five and a half behind the Wild Card leading Atlanta Braves. But let's not get ahead of ourselves...

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