The Nationals began Sunday with a ceremony honoring retiring manager Davey Johnson. By the end of the night, their playoff hopes were just about dashed.
Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich homered to lift the Miami Marlins to a 4-2 win in the opener of Sunday's day-night doubleheader, a result that clinched playoff berths for the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals.
Washington gained a split by winning the nightcap 4-2 when Wilson Ramos' ninth-inning grounder bounced off a leg of third baseman Chris Coghlan for a game-ending error that allowed pinch-runner Eury Perez to score.
The Nationals trail NL wild-card co-leaders Cincinnati and Pittsburgh by five games with six to play.
''Like I said before, I'm not very good at math, but I'm good enough to figure out that losing makes it tougher,'' Washington's Ryan Zimmerman said between games. ''But we've just got to keep playing and see what happens.''
Rafael Soriano (3-3) pitched a scoreless ninth inning to win Washington's re...