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Nationals Vs. Braves Final: Nationals Let Game And Series Slip Away In 9-8 Loss

The Washington Nationals put a hurting on Atlanta Braves pitcher Jair Jurrjens, a rare occurrence for any team in the National League this season, but Washington's own pitching problems ultimately spoiled a potential Nationals series victory as the Braves beat the Nats 9-8 on a ninth inning walk off single.

The Nationals had a commanding 6-2 lead in the fifth inning, but a combination of poor pitches from Henry Rodriguez and Sean Burnett led to the Braves scoring five runs in the inning to take a 7-6 lead. The Nationals would get two back in the sixth, but the Braves continued to fight and tied the game in the eighth which brought in reliever Ryan Mattheus who allowed Freddie Freeman to single to right, scoring Martin Prado and giving the Braves the game and the series victory.

Nationals starter Tom Gorzelanny left the game in the third inning after suffering a collision at the plate with Braves catcher Brian McCann. Gorzo finished the day with two innings pitched giving up two runs on one hit, walking three and striking out two to push his ERA over four to 4.07.

The devastating loss puts the Nationals at 47-48 on the season.