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August 13, 2014

What You Need to Know

August 13, 2014

by Daniel Rathman


The Tuesday Takeaway
The Nationals dropped two of three to the Braves over the weekend, shrinking their division lead to 3 1/2 games. A visit to Citi Field was just what the doctor ordered to stop any potential skid in its tracks.

With eight straight wins at the ballpark in Queens and 23 in their past 27 games there, the Nats have been guests of honor in the Mets home. Terry Collins’ club was a friendly host again on Tuesday, going down with only an eighth-inning whimper on a night when the visitors lit up the New York sky.

Rookie Mets starter Rafael Montero got through the first inning unscathed, but Bryce Harper denied him a second goose egg with an opposite-field blast in the next frame:

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