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Wire Taps: Anthony Rendon comes up big for Nationals; Patrick Corbin and his slider + more Nats links...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of the second of three with the Brewers in D.C.

Milwaukee Brewers v Washington Nationals Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

Last night’s 2-1 win left the Nationals 14-18 in one-run games this season, and Washington has now won five straight and eight of 10 to pull within 4.5 games of first in the NL East.

It starts all over again tonight at 7:05 PM EDT with the second of three with the Brewers in D.C.

Go read your links before game time...

NATS BEAT:

Rendon hits doubles:

Rendon's clutch doubles enough to lift Nats to win (updated) - (MASN)
"The Nationals totaled only three hits tonight. Turns out that was enough, because two of them were Anthony Rendon RBI doubles."

Anthony Rendon and the Nats do just enough to hold off Brewers - (WaPost)
“'I’ve said it before: It’s not the end of the world if I get out right there or if we lose this game,' Rendon said."

Nats happy to rely on Rendon in clutch spots - (MLB.com)
"There is perhaps no player in baseball who consistently yawns at the pressure of high-leverage situations and yet still delivers as consistently as Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon."

Other Nats Stuff:

Patrick Corbin went back to his slider for key outs in Nats' 2-1 win - (MASN)
"With Corbin and the bullpen on point and Anthony Rendon providing clutch hitting, the Nats held off the Brewers 2-1 for their fifth win in a row."

Nats' new relievers better than Braves additions since Aug. 1 - (MASN)
"The success of the Nats' bullpen in the one-run win was an example of general manager Mike Rizzo’s baseball acumen in action."

Take me out to the ballgame? Nationals fans yet to invest in a scrappier product - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Through 59 games, attendance is down year-over-year 252,373 patrons. That’s a big, brutish number, the kind PR flacks try to skew viewpoints with."

Scherzer Sim 2.0:

Nationals push back Max Scherzer again as they play it safe with their ace - (WaPost)
"It seems the decision to shelve Scherzer this weekend came from management’s concern that Scherzer might push himself beyond a pitch count anyway."

Scherzer will pitch another simulated game Saturday - (MASN)
"Max Scherzer will take the mound at Nationals Park on Saturday. But he’ll again be facing teammates, not the Brewers."

Scherzer update: Nats playing it safe with ace - (MLB.com)
"Max Scherzer’s return to a big league game will have to wait at least a few more days."

Cautious Nats won't start Scherzer over weekend - (ESPN)
"Although the veteran isn't feeling any discomfort, the plan is for him to work another sim game on Saturday in an effort to ramp up his workload."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

MLB Power Rankings: Dodgers, Yankees vying for top spot - (SI.com)
"The Nationals lead the NL in stolen bases; Trea Turner, with 25 SB, is leading the way."

Coroner: Choking caused taco-eating contest death - (ESPN)
"A Central California coroner says a man choked to death while participating in a taco-eating contest at a minor league baseball game."

Nationals' best prospect performers of the week - (MLB.com)
"Nats' No. 29 prospect Nick Raquet matched his season high for innings pitched in his second scoreless start of the year."

Clearing the Air: Portable Toilets Moved After Vendors Near Nationals Park Complain of Smell - (NBC4 Washington)
"The air has cleared around Nationals Park after some street vendors complained of the sickening smell caused but portable toilets at a construction site."