Braves Blow Big Opportunity In Shutout Loss To Nationals

Bases loaded, no outs...you have to score.

That's exactly what the Braves didn't do in a gut-wrenching 3-0 loss to the Nationals.

The opportunity came in a scoreless tie in the third inning after David Ross singled and Nationals starter Ross Detwiler walked both Jack Wilson and Mike Minor with the top of the order behind them. Two shallow fly balls and a ground out later, the game was still tied.

The offense failing in the third inning led to a Wilson Ramos home run in the fourth; that was the only run Minor allowed in 4.2 innings. The Braves put together another scoring opportunity in the fifth with two runners in scoring position and only one out, but again failed.

Michael Morse hit a two-run homer in the seventh, sealing another Braves loss.

The only silver lining from the game was Kris Medlen's first game back from Tommy John surgery. He tossed a perfect eighth inning.

The top four hitters in the Braves lineup went 0 for 16 with five strikeouts.

The Wild Card lead is down to one heading to the final series of the season.

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