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|Dodgers Give Nats 100th Loss; Reduce Magic Number to One
|WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rafael Furcal hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning Thursday night, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat Washington 7-6 to hand the Nationals their 100th loss of the season.
Furcal's drive off Ron Villone (4-6) was his fourth hit of the game. Ramon Troncoso (5-4) got the win, and Jonathan Broxton finished for his 36th save.
The win reduced the Dodgers' magic number to one for clinching a playoff berth.
The Nationals were 59-102 last season. They are the first NL franchise to lose 100 games in consecutive seasons since the San Diego Padres, who dropped 102 in 1973 and 1974.
In five seasons in Washington, the Nationals have already matched the number of 100-loss seasons the franchise had during its 36 seasons as the Montreal Expos.
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