The Atlanta Braves let another late lead slip away on Sunday in a 5-4 loss to the Washington Nationals. Cody Martin took the loss again on Sunday allowing a pair of runs in the eighth inning. Ryan Zimmerman tied the game with an RBI single and Wilson Ramos followed with a double to score the eventual winning run.
The Braves were without closer Jason Grilli for their weekend series against the Nationals due to back spasms. The team didn't announce the injury to Grilli until Sunday after reporters noticed that he was missing from the bullpen late in Saturday's game. Grilli is day-to-day according to manager Fredi Gonzalez, but there was no indication whether or not he would be available for Monday's series opener in Cincinnati.
Atlanta suffered a sweep at the hands of the Washington Nationals over the weekend, but there was a surprisingly upbeat clubhouse following Sunday's loss. Alex Wood talked about fighting back from an early deficit with MLB.com's Benjamin Standig:
"I mean, anybody that watched those three games, you've got to love watching this team," he said. "There is no give-up in anybody in this clubhouse. Doesn't matter the score is, doesn't matter where we are or who were playing.
"You have 25 guys that will run out there and grind, playing their butts off from start to finish. As teammates and fans watching the game, it's hard not to get behind a group of guys like that."
Julio Teheran got hit hard again on Saturday following up one of his best starts of the season with one of his worst. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien takes a closer look at Teheran's struggles that date back to July of last season.
Teheran is 9-9 with a 3.99 ERA and .271 opponents' average in his past 22 starts going back to the second week of July, and has allowed 19 homers and 42 walks with 112 strikeouts in 133 innings during that span. The Braves are 10-12 in those starts, despite providing Teheran just over five runs of offensive support per nine innings pitched.
Josh Hamilton's road back to the major leagues officially began on Sunday with a rehab appearance with the Round Rock Express. Hamilton went 1-for-3 at the plate with two strikeouts before being lifted in the fifth inning.