Simmons allowed Denard Span’s grounder off Kimbrel to bounce through his legs as two runs scored on the game-ending error.
“The numbers were probably pretty well stacked against us,” Washington’s Ian Desmond said. “But they have been for a while now, so we’re just going out and playing.”
Pinch-hitter Chad Tracy had an RBI grounder against Kimbrel as Washington kept Atlanta’s magic number at four for clinching the NL East for the first time since the Braves’ streak of 11 consecutive division titles from 1995-05. A sweep of the day-night doubleheader would have sealed the division for Atlanta.
Washington closed within 41/2 games of Cincinnati for the NL’s second wild-card berth with 12 games remaining.