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Washington holds off late Mets rally to win, 7-6

The Nationals had just played one of their cleanest games of the season to cruise to a victory on Wednesday night, when Howie Kendrick stood in front of his locker and told reporters one of defining messages of this recent stretch — “It’s great for tonight,” he said, “but we got to do it consistently.”

Indeed, consistency has been one of the biggest issues for these scuffling Nationals, who have followed each of their seemingly momentum-building wins with a deflating loss. In fact, they had not even won back-to-back games in roughly a month, having last done so April 17th and 18th. That was until Thursday afternoon’s 7-6 victory at Nationals Park, the Nats’ second win in a row over the Mets to seal Washington’s first series win in a month and match a season-high winning streak at … two games.