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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals keep losing one-run games; Nats try to salvage series finale...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of the series finale with the Diamondbacks...

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Saturday’s loss was the Washington Nationals’ eighth in nine one-run games this season, and their second in a row against the Arizona Diamondbacks, who’ve won each series of their season thus far in 2018.

Davey Martinez talked after Friday night’s game about falling short in close contests early.

“We’ve been close,” Martinez told reporters. “I would like to win some of these games, but let’s stay right there, like I said, we want to win those games and we will win those games, like I said, it’s just getting that one key hit in a big moment that will turn this thing around.”

Maybe that big moment will come in this afternoon’s series finale with the D-backs...

NATS BEAT:

Martinez takes ownership of 4-3, extra-inning loss to D-backs
"Nats manager Davey Martinez said he saw home plate umpire Nic Lentz reach for a card. Martinez thought it was the lineup card, but Lentz was just marking down the Nats mound visit."

Nats fall again to Diamondbacks as the uphill climb grows steeper
"This Nationals season has five months to go. The first month, at least, has not been much fun at all."

Nationals unable to hold off D-backs in 10th
"A late rally in the bottom of the 10th fell short, the game ending with the bases loaded. The loss dropped the Nationals to 1-8 in one-run games this season."

Martinez on switching Zimmerman and Kendrick in lineup
"Martinez went with the suggestion that placing Zimmerman at No. 2 might help the veteran see better pitches."

Bryce Harper drawing more walks than ever
"Only Barry Bonds was walked more in the season's opening month, drawing 39 in 2004. At 35, Harper is already more than halfway to his 2017 total of 68 and drawing closer to his 2014 total of 38."

What to make of the Nats' awful record in one-run games
"We don’t know yet which explanation applies to the 2018 Nationals. But we do know this: They’ve been terrible in one-run games so far."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

Arizona Diamondbacks find ways to win, clinch another series victory
"The Diamondbacks eliminated the drama of extending their consecutive series victories streak by beating the Washington Nationals twice in as many days..."

NATS MINORS:

Suns Shut Out Braves 4-0 on Saturday Night
"Nick Raquet earned his third quality start of the season and Aldrem Corredor homered as the Hagerstown Suns shutout the Rome Braves 4-0 on Saturday night."

P-Nats Rout Lynchburg Once Again, 8-3
"Juan Soto had a hit in three straight innings in the middle third of the game, his first three-hit game with Potomac, while six different Potomac starters tallied at least two hits."

Dragmire Throws One-Hit Masterpiece in 7-1 Victory
"Senators starter Brady Dragmire allowed one baserunner and faced just one batter over the minimum across eight shutout innings."

Chiefs clipped by Wings, 2-0
"The Syracuse Chiefs lost to the Rochester Red Wings for the first time this season, 2-0, on Saturday afternoon at NBT Bank Stadium."