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Cubs finish 5-2 loss to Nationals under protest after toe-tap flap

WASHINGTON – The Cubs appeared to lose 5-2 to the Nationals Saturday night in Washington, but it might take a day or so to be certain.

If the Cubs weren’t sure what they were seeing at times with Washington’s Stephen Strasburg doing the lights-out thing on their lineup for eight innings, that would account for much of the result.

But the story of the game unfolded in the ninth, when the Cubs – in a flashback to Carl Edwards Jr. in Texas – watched Nationals closer Sean Doolittle touch the ground with a mid-delivery toe-tap as he pitched to Albert Almora Jr.