(AP) -- Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson has done plenty of talking behind closed doors the past few days, including a heated argument with general manager Mike Rizzo.
He used more calming words that seemed to inspire his first-place club before its last contest.
Fresh off ending a five-game losing streak, Washington hosts the opener of a four-game series when it faces fellow postseason hopeful St. Louis for the first time in 2012 on Thursday night.
Johnson and Rizzo each downplayed their run-in after a loss to Philadelphia on Sunday, and the veteran manager held a team meeting prior to Wednesday's contest with Miami that he described as "upbeat."
Washington's offense proceeded to snap out of its funk, scoring one more run that it had during its entire skid in an 8-4 victory that increased its NL East lead to five games over Atlanta.
Bryce Harper - who was ejected in the ninth inning for slamming his helmet after grounding into a double play - had his first multi-home...