WASHINGTON (AP) — The Nationals just can't sustain any momentum in their attempt to get back into the National League playoff chase.
Saturday night's loss to the Marlins was a microcosm of their recent struggles.
Isaac Galloway hit a two-run single in the 10th inning, JT Riddle homered and drove in four runs and Miami beat Washington 7-5.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Koda Glover rewarded his manager's faith.
Bryce Harper had three hits and drove in three runs, Glover earned the save in the first opportunity since Ryan Madson was placed on the disabled list, and the Washington Nationals snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night.
The Nationals won for just the third time in their last 10 games and snapped the Cardinals' season-high, eight-game winning streak.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Nationals manager Dave Martinez was awake most of the night after Washington lost on a walk-off grand slam Sunday.
He likely won't be catching up on that missed sleep Monday.
Paul DeJong handed the Nationals their second straight walk-off loss, capping a back-and-forth finish with a game-ending solo homer in the ninth inning of the St. Cardinals' 7-6 victory Monday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals have placed closer Koda Glover on the 10-day disabled list with lower back stiffness before Sunday's series finale against the Texas Rangers.
Glover blew his second save in Saturday's 6-3, 11-inning loss and afterward told manager Dusty Baker he had been dealing with "nagging" back pain all day.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Robinson Chirinos and the scuffling Texas Rangers put the latest hurt on the Washington Nationals' wobbling bullpen.
The below-.500 Rangers rallied and beat the NL East leaders for the second straight game, with Robinson Chirinos hitting a three-run homer in the 11th inning for a 6-3 victory Saturday.
"It was an amazing win for us," Chirinos said. "It's really good. It tells you a lot about the guys to not give up."
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Max Scherzer knows exactly what he is. At age 32 and in his 10th major league season, he has absolutely no doubt.
"I'm a strikeout pitcher," Scherzer said. "That's just who I am."
No one had to convince the Los Angeles Dodgers after Scherzer struck out a season-high 14, outpitching Brandon McCarthy to lead the Washington Nationals to a 2-1 victory that ended with a testy exchange Tuesday night.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The National League's top team showed it can win American League-style slugfest, too.
Ryan Zimmerman hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the eighth inning, and the Washington Nationals held off the Oakland Athletics 11-10 on Sunday.
Matt Wieters and Michael Taylor added back-to-back homers off Frankie Montas during Washington's five-run ninth, helping the NL East leaders improve to 5-1 on their nine-game West Coast trip.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Strasburg struck out a career-high 15 while allowing three hits over seven innings to lead the Washington Nationals over the Padres 3-0 on Saturday.
Strasburg (6-1) also singled and scored Washington's first run on Bryce Harper's third-inning grounder while Michael A. Taylor hit a two-run homer for the second consecutive game. Matt Albers and Koda Glover provided hitless relief, with Glover getting his fifth save.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Max Scherzer struck out 13 and gave up three hits over 8 2/3 innings, leading the Washington Nationals over the San Diego Padres 5-1 on Friday night.
Bryce Harper, Trea Turner and Michael A. Taylor homered for the Nationals.
Scherzer (5-3) got pulled by acting manager Chris Speier in the ninth, and Koda Glover got his fourth save. Speier is filling while manager Dusty Baker is away this weekend to attend his son Darren's high school graduation in California.
ATLANTA (AP) — A strong start by Stephen Strasburg provided much-needed relief for Washington's drained bullpen. Then Koda Glover made a convincing pitch to be the Nationals' closer.
Strasburg struck out a season-high 11 and kept up his recent domination of the Atlanta Braves, leading Washington to a 3-2 win Sunday that stopped the Nationals' four-game losing streak.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals were rained out for the second straight night, this time as they were opening a three-game set with the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday.
When they eventually do get back on the field, the NL East leaders will have a couple of arms back in their beleaguered bullpen.
On Friday, the Nationals reinstated right-handed relievers Koda Glover and Shawn Kelley from the disabled list.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Washington Nationals removed Blake Treinen from the closer's role on Wednesday and will use what manager Dusty Baker said is a "mix and match" plan with right-handers Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover sharing the job.
Kelley earned his first save of the season in Tuesday night's 3-1 win over Atlanta after Treinen gave up a run, two hits and two walks while recording only one out in the ninth.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Cesar Hernandez bailed out his buddy in a clutch spot.
Hernandez hit a broken-bat RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Philadelphia Phillies a 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals on Sunday.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Blake Treinen will begin the season as Washington's closer, even though he has only one big league save.
After the Nationals lost Mark Melancon to the San Francisco Giants in free agency, Treinen won the job over Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover.
"Blake has that turbo sinker," manager Dusty Baker said Thursday. "He may give up a hit or a walk, but he's always one pitch away from getting two outs with one pitch."
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pinch-runner Michael A. Taylor scored the go-ahead run on catcher Tyler Flowers' throwing error as part of a three-run eighth inning and the Washington Nationals defeated the Atlanta Braves 9-7 on Tuesday night.
ATLANTA (AP) — Clint Robinson hit a tiebreaking single with two outs in the ninth and the Washington Nationals recovered after giving up a three-run lead to beat the Atlanta Braves 7-6 on Friday night.
Robinson's single to left field off Jim Johnson (2-6) drove in pinch-runner Pedro Severino from second base. Severino replaced Wilson Ramos, who singled.