Henry Rodriguez served up a game-winning home run to Pittsburgh's Rod Barajas in the Nationals's 5-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Nats are just 6-7 on the road this season, and 1-5 in one-run road games. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Why do the Nats Struggle in Close Road Games?

For everything that’s going right for the Nationals so far this season, they are struggling on the road.

The team is just 6-7 on the road, compared to 12-4 (.750) at Nationals Park, the third-best home winning percentage in the major leagues. The disparity is even greater in one-run games, which have accounted for all but two of the Nats’ road losses. The Nationals are 1-5 in such games on the road, but 8-0 at Nats Park. Overall, their 15 one-run games ties them with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the most in the majors.

Nevertheless, the Nationals still have a chance to win their ninth of ten series this season, with their only series loss coming at the hands of the Dodgers in a three-game sweep April 27-29.

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