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• In between the Cardinals' three-run seventh inning and their game-tying run off Drew Storen in the ninth, Tyler Clippard pitched a scoreless eighth inning and faced only three batters on 15 pitches, thanks to an inning-ending double play. It was Clippard's second straight scoreless 15-pitch outing after giving up runs in four consecutive appearances, seemingly confirming that the reliever is back on track.

"No doubt. At any point in the season, you're going to have your ups and downs as a reliever. There's no middle ground when you're throwing late in games," Storen said Saturday night. "And Tyler didn't sit around and feel sorry for himself. He made the adjustments, and obviously it's paying off. He's going to be a huge part of this bullpen in the next couple weeks. I'm fired up for him. We expect to be out there again tomorrow doing it."

• By winning Saturday night, the Nationals guaranteed themselves at least a one-game playoff for the NL East title. They clinched at least a spot in the NL Wild Card game on Sept. 20. Johnson poked fun at the fact that Washington keeps adding to its playoff schedule, one game at a time.

"Now we have to clinch another one, then we get three games. Oh, wow," he said. "Then we win three [in the NLDS], then we get four. It's kind of an interesting scenario."

• In between the Cardinals' three-run seventh inning and their game-tying run off Drew Storen in the ninth, Tyler Clippard pitched a scoreless eighth inning and faced only three batters on 15 pitches, thanks to an inning-ending double play. It was Clippard's second straight scoreless 15-pitch outing after giving up runs in four consecutive appearances, seemingly confirming that the reliever is back on track.

"No doubt. At any point in the season, you're going to have your ups and downs as a reliever. There's no middle ground when you're throwing late in games," Storen said Saturday night. "And Tyler didn't sit around and feel sorry for himself. He made the adjustments, and obviously it's paying off. He's going to be a huge part of this bullpen in the next couple weeks. I'm fired up for him. We expect to be out there again tomorrow doing it."

• By winning Saturday night, the Nationals guaranteed themselves at least a one-game playoff for the NL East title. They clinched at least a spot in the NL Wild Card game on Sept. 20. Johnson poked fun at the fact that Washington keeps adding to its playoff schedule, one game at a time.

"Now we have to clinch another one, then we get three games. Oh, wow," he said. "Then we win three [in the NLDS], then we get four. It's kind of an interesting scenario."