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Not-so-super Nova, wrong kind of champagne poured at PNC

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Danny Espinosa slides home in the fourth inning, plowing through Francisco Cervelli. - GETTY

For the fourth time in three years, a visiting team had reason to celebrate at PNC Park.

With a 6-1 defeat of the Pirates on Saturday night, the Nationals secured a postseason berth and -- with the Mets' loss to Philadelphia -- their third NL East crown of the decade. Washington joined the Giants (2014 Wild Card win), the Cardinals (2015 NL Central) and the Cubs (2015 Wild Card) as teams the Pirates have been forced to watch party on the North Shore.

Iván Nova was unable to prevent the champagne from flowing, with the Nationals scoring six runs (three earned) against him in four innings. Nova couldn't pin it all on his defense, though, as he allowed eight hits and hit two batters with pitches.

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"You don't want to give up any type of runs," said Nova, who has given up 11 over his past two starts. "Personally, it's not what you wanted, but it's about the team, too."