Nationals clinch NL East despite loss to Phils

6:51 AM, Oct 2, 2012   |    comments
Members of the Braves and Washington Nationals stand on the field during the national anthem at opening day at Nationals Park. (Photo: ROB CARR/Getty Images)
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Washington, DC (Sports Network) - During Philadelphia's run of five consecutive NL East titles, the Washington Nationals watched as the Phillies celebrated winning division crowns on three occasions.

Despite losing by a 2-0 score, Washington returned the favor Monday night in front of their fans at Nationals Park.

A 2-1 loss by the Atlanta Braves in Pittsburgh cemented the Nationals as 2012 NL East champs. It's the franchise's first division title in 31 years, back when the club was known as the Montreal Expos.

The Phillies clinched in 2007, 2008 and 2010 in games against their divisional foes.


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