ATLANTA - AUGUST 31: Craig Kimbrel #46 of the Atlanta Braves pitches against the Washington Nationals at Turner Field on August 31, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Nationals Vs. Braves: Derek Lowe Cools Off Nationals Offense In 3-1 Loss

Starter John Lannan pitched seven innings, but gave the Braves a little too much slack. He had trouble keeping the ball on the field as the Braves hit two home runs off him.

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Nationals Vs. Braves Final: Michael Morse Sends His 24th Home Run Over Wall In 3-1 Loss

In the top of the seventh inning of Wednesday night's game between the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves left fielder Michael Morse stepped to the plate and worked his magic. Braves pitcher Derek Lowe offered up his only mistake of the night, an 88 mph sinker on his first pitch to Morse and the under-the-radar Nats star plugged it over the center field wall at Turner Field.

It would be the Nationals only run of the game as the Braves defeated the Nats 3-1. Lowe held the Washington offense clueless up until Morse's bomb and even helped out with the bat himself as he hit his first career home run off Nationals starter John Lannan. Lannan also gave up a home run to Chipper Jones and a RBI single to Dan Uggla during the game. It was a slight regression in Lannan's pitching, though he did go seven innings, striking out six. He only walked one batter and gave up three runs on six hits.

Thanks to his spotless ninth inning work against the Nationals, Atlanta reliever Craig Kimbrel broke the rookie save-record of 40 set last season by Neftali Feliz of the Texas Rangers. Kimbrel leads the Majors in saves with 41.

The Nationals are now 63-71 on the season.


Nationals Vs. Braves Score: Braves Hold Nationals Down To 3-0 Score

The Atlanta Braves have jumped out to a 3-0 lead on top of the Washington Nationals going into the sixth inning. Two Atlanta home runs and a single have put Nationals starter John Lannan in a bad place as the Nationals offense once again seems to have gone into hiding.

In the second inning Chipper Jones took Lannan yard for his 14th homer of the year. Then in the third pitcher Derek Lowe (yes, pitcher) hit his first career home run off Lannan. Dan Uggla also had a RBI single in the third. Lannan has gone five innings giving up three runs on five hits, walking one and striking out five.

It would be nice if the Nationals offense showed up to give Lannan a little help (and hope). Lead-off hitter Ian Desmond has the only two hits of the Nationals night. Lowe has kept the rest of the Washington bats silent.


Nationals Vs. Braves: Nationals Look To Continue To Pour It On Braves In Game Two

Starter John Lannan and an awoken offense hope to make life rough for the Atlanta Braves who lead in the fight for the NL Wildcard.

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