(AP) -- While the Washington Nationals are coming off a frustrating loss, how they feel surely pales 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 were one strike away from the NLCS. However, Drew Storen gave up a tie-breaking two-run single to Pete Kozma as St. Louis (10-8) stormed back from two down in the ninth inning to win 9-7 in Game 5.
That loss didn't appear to have any lasting effect on Washington, which jumped out to a fast start by opening 7-2. The Nationals, though, have since dropped six of nine, including two of three to the New York Mets over the weekend. They were limited to four singles in a 2-0 loss Sunday.
Leadoff hitter Denard Span is batting .174 in his last six games while Jayson Werth has gone 2 for 14 in the last four.