WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 24: Chipper Jones #10 of the Atlanta Braves walks to bat against the Washington Nationals in the eighth inning at Nationals Park on September 24, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Washington Nationals won, 4-1. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Braves vs. Nationals: Atlanta Continues Terrible Play In 3-0 Defeat

With a wild card lead of just two games with six to go, the time is now for the Braves to solidify their spot in the playoffs. The first challenge: solving Stephen Strasburg

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Braves Shutout In 3-0 Loss To Nationals

The Atlanta Braves have now lost 15 of their last 23 games. The lead in the wild card could be down to one if the Cardinals win later today.

The Nationals got on the board early with a solo-home run that Wilson Ramos clubbed over the left field wall. It was not a bad pitch from Mike Minor, who worked 4.2 innings, but Ramos got just enough of it to give the Nationals a 1-0 lead. Once Minor was removed, Cristhian Martinez came in and worked 3.1 solid innings of relief. His lone mistake -- an 0-2 fastball down the middle to Mitch Morse -- was deposited into the right field seats for a 3-0 lead.

The Braves mustered just four hits off Ross Detwiler and the Nationals bullpen. The team had bases loaded and no outs in the third inning and did not score. They also had the first two runners reach in the fifth and did not score.

I don't know what to say at this point. This team is no longer having fun on the field. Three games left, one game lead in the wild card. Cliff Lee awaits us Monday. 

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Braves vs. Nationals: Atlanta Bashes Stephen Strasburg Early, Win 7-4 In Rainy D.C.

The Braves needed a big victory on Friday night against phenom Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals. They got it behind a few key hits in the early innings and a solid start from Tim Hudson.

After back-to-back singles from Martin Prado in the first inning, Dan Uggla drove a ball to right field to plate the first run of the game. Brian McCann struck out, but Freddie Freeman sharply hit a ball into the outfield to score Chipper. Jack Wilson lined a ball right at third baseman Ryan Zimmerman that the gold glove winner had bounce off his glove and into the outfield.

With a lead of 3-0, Jason Heyward nearly hit a three-run homer to blow the game wide open, but he hit it to the deepest part of the park and was caught at the wall. The Nationals added a run of their own in the second inning on a ball hit down the right field line from Wilson Ramos.

Dan Uggla continued his strong performance with an RBI-double to left field. Brian McCann then belted a hanging slider into the right field gap to plate two more runs. 

After plating two runs in the sixth and a solo-home run from Jayson Werth, the Nationals cut Atlanta's lead to 6-4. Fortunately, a wild rundown play from Michael Bourn and Chipper Jones added an insurance run in the ninth.

Craig Kimbrel allowed a leadoff single in the ninth, but the rookie closer recorded the next three outs without incident and earned save No. 46 of the season. 

Not only did Atlanta win, but the Cubs came up with a big victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. The Braves lead in the wild card is now three games and the elimination number is down to three games as well.

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Braves vs. Nationals: Atlanta Looks To Change Losing Ways In Washington

With a wild card lead of just two games with six to go, the time is now for the Braves to solidify their spot in the playoffs. The first challenge: solving Stephen Strasburg

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