Braves Offense Struggles

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Atlanta Braves' drive for the NL wild card
spun its wheels again Sunday, with wild pitchers and missed
opportunities at the plate contributing to a 4-2 loss to the
last-place Washington Nationals.
Every Nationals player who scored got on base with a walk, the
last two runs coming on Ian Desmond's tiebreaking single in the
seventh that followed three straight free passes from the Braves
bullpen.
The Nationals took two of three from the Braves, who began the
day tied with San Francisco for the wild-card lead.
Atlanta has lost five of six. The Braves, who lost the season
series 10-8 to the Nationals, now head home to finish up with a
six-game stand against Florida and Philadelphia.


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