Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/13/14
While the Washington Nationals are coming off a disappointing loss, their frustrations surely pale in comparison to what they went through in October. In a rematch of their 2012 NL division series, Washington tries to get some revenge against the visiting St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of a three-game set Monday night. The Nationals (10-8) led 6-0 after three innings and found themselves one strike away from the NL championship series. Drew Storen then gave up a tie-breaking two-run single to Pete Kozma, whose late-game heroics helped St. Louis (10-8) storm back from two down in the ninth to win 9-7 in a deciding Game 5. That loss didn't appear to have any lasting effect on Washington, which jumped out to a fast start by winning seven of its first nine. The Nationals, though, have since dropped six of nine, including two of three at the New York Mets this weekend. They were limited to four singles in Sunday's 2-0 loss. Leadoff hitter Denard Span is batting .174 (4 for 23) in ...
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