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Phillies vs. Nationals: Washington clinches best record in National League

The Washington Nationals ended their season with a 5-1 win against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday afternoon to finish with a 98-64 record on the year, ensuring at least a tie for the best record in baseball. The win gives the Nats the top seed in the National League heading into the postseason, regardless of the Cincinnati Reds' result Wednesday night. Washington will begin the NLDS at either Atlanta or St. Louis on Sunday.

The Phillies struck first in the game, scoring in the top of the fourth inning, but the rest of the day belonged to Washington. The special afternoon kicked off as Teddy Roosevelt won the President’s Race for the first time ever in the middle of the fourth. The Nats built off Teddy's momentum in the bottom of the inning as Ryan Zimmerman homered and Tyler Moore drove in another run. Moore homered in the sixth and Michael Morse hit a two-run HR in the eighth inning to give Washington the 5-1 win.

Edwin Jackson pitched 6.2 innings and picked up the win to finish his season at 10-11. Cliff Lee picked up the loss for the Phillies and finished his season at 6-9. Philadelphia ends their season at 81-81.