The Nats can't expect to win every game the rest of the way, but they've been losing ones that were there for the taking in the last week, including Monday night's heartbreaker in St. Louis.
A late rally by the Cardinals hurt the Nationals on Monday night, leading to a loss to open a crucial series.
Gio Gonzalez need to find a way to win this week in St. Louis, where they haven't won at all since Game 1 of the 2012 NLDS.
Jayson Werth is continuing to thrive while hitting leadoff for the Nats. But up next is a huge challenge for them: the MLB-best St. Louis Cardinals.
Michael Taylor put a scare in the Nats with his injury on Thursday night. But on Sunday, he returned with two hits.