Losses like this really make you wish you hadn't stayed up late after a three-hour rain delay.
A low-scoring game turned ugly in extra innings and the Braves are right back where they started, back 4.5 games of the Nats with 4-1 loss.
Aaron Harang and Tanner Roark both worked out of trouble early in the game. Atlanta stranded two in the first, one in the third and in the fifth, Harang bunted into a double play with two on to kill a potential rally. Washington stranded two in the fourth and again in the fifth after Denard Span's two-out triple and a walk to Asdrubal Cabrera.
The fifth inning double play hurt the Braves in that Adam LaRoche led off the sixth for the Nats with a home run. Atlanta would tie the score in the home half, but could've done much more. The bases were loaded with nobody out, but only Jason Heyward's sacrifice fly pushed across a run.
Both Harang and Roark left after seven innings. Roark proved tough for the Braves again, striking out six; Harang allowed seven hits but only the single run on the homer.
The Braves' continued inability to manufacture runs would again bite them in the posterior as they stranded 11 on base and were 0-6 in scoring position. The Nats would take advantage of that, in addition to some bullpen mismanagement, as the game moved into extras. Free baseball after a three-hour rain delay. Isn't that fun?
David Carpenter started his second inning of work in the 11th and immediately gave up a pair of singles. James Russell, who has struggled more against lefties this year, came in and promptly walked Bryce Harper to load the bases. Then Russell was taken down for Anthony Varvaro, and Wilson Ramos victimized him again, this time with a single to put the Nats in front for good. To add more salt to the wound, Kevin Frandsen doubled home two more.
The game was also frustrating for B.J. Upton and Evan Gattis, both of whom struck out three times. Freddie Freeman and Emilio Bonifacio each had three hits.
The Braves will try to earn the series win on Sunday.