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One-Paragraph Recap: Braves Fall Again To Nats, 5-3

The Braves’ road woes continued in Washington as Derek Lowe gave up four runs in five innings and the Braves’ offense couldn’t bail him out. Lowe gave up five hits (including a homer to Ian Desmond), a walk, and a hit batter. He struck out three. Matt Diaz hit a two-run homer for the Braves and Omar Infante singled in the third run, but the Braves never led. Scott Olsen gave up three runs (two earned) in six innings to pick up the win. The Braves scored only six runs in the three-game series—none off the Nationals’ relievers. They are only 2-4 so far on a nine-game road trip that concludes this weekend in Cincinnati. Their poor play unfortunately has coincided with a hot streak from the second-place Phillies, who have won seven straight and just traded for Roy Oswalt. The Braves’ lead stands at just three games over the Phillies.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.