There's a time to play with a little more urgency, and that time is now for the Washington Nationals and manager Matt Williams.
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Zimmerman's homer by the numbers
A closer look at Ryan Zimmerman's go-ahead, three-run home run on Monday:
Jason Heyward hit a two-run, tie-breaking double in the seventh inning to key a five-run rally, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 8-5 on Monday night.
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Leading 5-3 in the seventh inning -- and knowing the Mets had already won -- Matt Williams watched the Cardinals score five runs without using Drew Storen, who has pitched once in the previous three days. Good thing Mike Rizzo picked up that extra bullpen depth for Williams to put to use.
Zimmerman getting it done for Nationals
1B Ryan Zimmerman is 3-for-4 with 4 RBIs -- including his 13th HR of the season -- tonight as the Nats lead the Cardinals 5-3 in the seventh. The rest of the Nationals are 2-for-22 with 0 RBIs. Follow live
Cardinals plate 3 in 4th to go ahead
RBI singles from Yadier Molina, Kolten Wong and Mark Reynolds put the Cards up 3-1 over the Nationals in the fourth. The Cards are looking to win their eighth game in nine tries. Follow live
Gio gets loose. #Nats and Cardinals coming big up next!
I think today is a good day for some #CageWork....
Atlanta's Shelby Miller, who has gone 0-10 in his last 18 starts despite a 3.24 ERA, is MLB's unluckiest player. Who else makes the list?
#Nats at Cardinals: Werth LF, Rendon 2B, Harper RF, Zim 1B, Escobar 3B, Desmond SS, Lobaton C, Taylor CF, Gonzalez P
Would manager make a difference in D.C.?
Once projected by many to lead the NL East, the Nats have dealt with numerous injuries and appear to be out of the running for a playoff spot. But was it solely a lack of healthy players that led to their struggles in 2015? What disappointing teams can learn (Insider)
Its a Par 5 right? #NatsNestingDoll
Happy 80th birthday to the #Nats inaugural manager and @MLB Hall of Famer, Frank Robinson! #Legend
Eric Karabell and Tristan Cockcroft rank Jake Arrieta and Edwin Encarnacion for next year. Plus, more Stephen Strasburg disappointment and some mind molding from Renee Miller in DFS.
The boys bring it back to #DC on Thursday at #Nats Park. Until then, tune in tonight as they take on STL. #LetsGoNats
#PhotoOfTheNight: Adeiny Hechavarria jumps over Ian Desmond after completing a double play at Nationals Park.
It took a long time, but Jayson Werth finally appears to be rounding into midseason form. Just when the Washington Nationals need him most.
Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg left Sunday's game against the Marlins after four innings with upper back tightness, but hopes to be ready for his next start.
Miami Marlins @marlins
#Marlins drop series finale on road to Nationals.
2015 College World Series championship team UVA Baseball joined us at #Nats Park this afternoon! ??
That's a #CurlyW for the books! And a fourth straight #SeriesW!
Nationals @ Cardinals
Busch Stadium - Tue 9/1