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Nationals Snag Championship Title

10/2/2012, 7:43 p.m.

The Washington Nationals have gained the title of National League East champions after the Atlanta Braves fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates, 2-1.

The new title gives the Nationals their first NL East crown since baseball returned to Washington in 2005. It also marks the first time a team based in the District, gets to play in the postseason since 1933.

In the midst of all the excitement on Monday night, pitcher Gio Gonzalez grabbed Nationals owner Ted Lerner and steered him toward the gaggle of players celebrating the club's championship.

"Ted, this is your party!" Gonzalez yelled. Then, turning toward teammates, he shouted: "Hey! Who's got the cooler? This is the man, right here!"