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SAN FRANCISCO—Washington manager Matt Williams figures his team needs a break.

He’s giving them one.

The Nationals dropped their sixth-straight—losing to World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants 5-0 yesterday to complete a four-game sweep and matching Washington’s longest skid of the season.

A popular pick before opening day to win the World Series, the Nationals fell below .500 at 58-59.

“It will be good to give the guys a day off, get away from the game,” Williams said.

“You have to look at where we are, look at the big picture,” he stressed.

“If we win some games, we jump right back into this.”

The Nationals dropped to 1-6 on their road trip, which concludes with a three-game series at Colorado.

Before facing the Rockies tomorrow, though, the Nationals will have a free day in Denver.

“We’ll take the day off, regroup, hit the reset button, and come back and try to get hot,” said Ryan Zimmerman.

“We’ve played terrible the last 15 or 16 games and we faced one of the best today [Sunday],” he noted.

“He [Bumgarner] might be the best in the bigs right now.”

The Nationals were blanked for the third time in six games, with the first two started by L.A. Dodgers’ aces Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw.

Include Bumgarner’s offensive capabilities and he may be the best overall pitcher.

He homered and doubled, drove in two runs, struck out 14, and pitched a three-hitter.

“He throws all his pitches from the same arm angle, he works both sides of the plate, and he and Buster [Posey] work together to keep you off balance,” Zimmerman noted.

“He’s not an easy one to get but we have to find out how to do it.”

Elsewhere in the NL, Pittsburgh dumped N.Y. 8-1, Atlanta edged Arizona 2-1 (10 innings), Milwaukee beat Philadelphia 6-1, Miami topped St. Louis 6-4, L.A. nipped Cincinnati 2-1, and Colorado blanked San Diego 5-0.

The Chicago White Sox beat the Chicago Cubs 3-1 in the lone interleague game.

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