WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 23: Michael Morse #38 of the Washington Nationals hits a double in the sixth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park on September 23, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Braves Vs. Nationals: Nationals Shutout Braves In Nationals Park Season Finale 3-0

The Nationals now turn their attention to the Florida Marlins. A sweep of the Fish in Florida would earn the Nationals their first over .500 season in their history.

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Braves Vs. Nationals Final: Nationals Close Up Nationals Park In 2011 With 3-0 Shutout Of Braves

Over 37,638 people at Nationals Park got to their feet in the ninth and final inning of Sunday's game (and final inning of the 2011 season at Nationals Park) and roared when closer Drew Storen and the Washington Nationals were able to make the final out to shutdown and shutout the struggling Atlanta Braves 3-0.

Nationals starter Ross Detwiler delivered a strong end of season performance going six innings, giving up only four hits, no runs, walking two, striking out four and getting out of two tight jams in his fourth victory of the 2011 season. He finishes his 2011 campaign 4-5 with a 3.00 ERA in 15 games.

The Nationals took the lead in the fourth off a Wilson Ramos solo home run, his 15th of the season. Then in the seventh inning outfielder Michael Morse put the insurance in for the Nationals by unloading on a Cristhian Martinez pitch and placed it into the right field stands for a two-run home run. It was Morse's 29th of the season and 50th home run of his career. Storen earned his 42nd save of the year to close out the game.

The Nats put a serious damper on the Braves playoff hopes. Depending on the outcome of the St. Louis Cardinals game, the Braves' Wild Card lead might be shortened to one game.

The Nationals are now 78-80 on the year and hold a two game lead over the New York Mets for third place in the NL East with three games to go. The Nationals now move to complete the season against the Florida Marlins in Florida. If the Nationals can sweep the Fish, they will finish over .500 for the first time in their history.


Braves Vs. Nationals Score: Ross Detwiler Showing His Stuff, Nationals Lead Braves 1-0

Nationals southpaw Ross Detwiler ran into deep trouble in the third inning, but he showed strong poise and the Nationals defense helped him out to escape a jam and keep the score tied until the fourth inning where the Nationals opened up the scoring and took the lead 1-0 over the Atlanta Braves.

Detwiler loaded the bases in the third with no outs by giving up a single to David Ross and walking Jack Wilson and Braves pitcher Mike Minor. However, Detwiler was able to induce two fly outs and get Chipper Jones to ground out to Ryan Zimmerman in the final out of the top of the inning. It was a remarkable display of poise and aggressiveness the Nationals love and will depend on in the coming seasons as they build for contention.

In the fourth inning Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos clocked his 15th home run of the season off Minor on the sixth pitch of the at-bat to give the Nationals a 1-0 lead going into the fifth.


Braves Vs. Nationals: Nationals Close Out Nationals Park For Season With One More Against Braves

The Nationals have won a franchise record 42 homes games in 2011.

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