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Atlanta Braves players remain in the dugout after losing the final game of the 2011 season to the Philadelphia Phillies to miss the playoffs. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

5 Worst Collapses in Major League Baseball History

A big lead in September is anything but a sure thing — just ask fans of these teams that endured some of the worst late-season collapses in baseball history.

09/11/2014

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 07:  Adam LaRoche #25 of the Washington Nationals celebrates with teammates as he returns to the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park on September 7, 2014 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)

LaRoche Homers Twice; Nationals Beat Phillies 3-2

Adam LaRoche homered twice, and the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 on Sunday to avoid a series sweep.

09/07/2014

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 6: Tanner Roark #57 of the Washington Nationals pitches in the first inning during a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies on September 6, 2014 at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Burnett Sharp as Phillies Beat Nationals 3-1

The Washington Nationals are grateful to be done with A.J. Burnett for the season, and by the end of this weekend, they will be through with the pesky Philadelphia Phillies.

09/07/2014

Rafael Soriano #29 of the Washington Nationals stands on the mound after giving up a home run to Ben Revere of the Philadelphia Phillies, allowing the Phillies to tie the game in the ninth inning of an eventual 9-8 Phillies win in extra innings at Nationals Park on September 5, 2014 in Washington, DC. (credit: Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)

Nats Fall to Phillies 9-8 in 11

Rafael Soriano stood with hands on hips as the ball landed beyond the right-field fence. Game-tying homer with two outs in the ninth. Another blown save. Booed off the field. An ERA of 6.98 since the All-Star break. A closer whose job, according to the manager, is now firmly in jeopardy.

09/06/2014

Nationals starting pitcher Doug Fister wipes his brow after the third inning of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on August 27, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)

Nats Swept By Last-Place Phillies

Denard Span was 3 for 4 and fell a triple short of the cycle for the Nationals. Doug Fister (12-5) allowed a season-high 10 hits and five runs — four earned — in 5 2-3 innings.

08/28/2014

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 26: Starter Gio Gonzalez #47 of the Washington Nationals delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on August 26, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Gonzalez Extends Winless Streak In Nats 4-3 Loss to Phillies

Freddy Galvis and Darin Ruf homered and Carlos Ruiz drove in go-ahead run with an eighth-inning sacrifice fly to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.

08/26/2014

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 25: Tanner Roark #57 of the Washington Nationals reacts as Cody Asche #25 of the Philadelphia Phillies rounds second base after hitting a home run in the fifth inning in a game at Citizens Bank Park on August 25, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Burnett K’s 12, Phillies Beat Nationals 3-2

A.J. Burnett struck out 12 in seven innings and Cody Asche and Carlos Ruiz homered to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 3-2 victory over the Washington Nationals on Monday night.

08/25/2014

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7 Great Fan Catches Using A Hat

Here are seven great fan catches using a hat.

08/04/2014

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 03:  Starter Stephen Strasburg #37 of the Washington Nationals pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning at Nationals Park on August 3, 2014 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)

Strasburg Fans 10, Nationals Blank Phils 4-0 For Split

Stephen Strasburg struck out 10 while pitching three-hit ball for seven innings, earning his first win in a month as the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-0 Sunday.

08/03/2014

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 02:  Anthony Rendon #6 (C) of the Washington Nationals is greeted at home plate by teammates Asdrubal Cabrera #3 and Jordan Zimmermann #27 after they scored on Rendon's three-run home run against the Philadelphia Phillies in the second inning at Nationals Park on August 2, 2014 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)

Nationals Bats Come Alive in 11-0 Rout of Phillies

Washington Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon knew he was a triple short of the cycle late in the game. It didn’t mean he was going to change his approach.

08/03/2014

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