It was Los Bravos Day, and the Braves were losers, baby. Sean Newcomb lasted only 3 innings, allowing 5 of the runs, and despite some occasional signs of life from the offense, that was ultimately all the Nationals needed. Bryce Harper hit a 2 run home run as part of a 3 run 1st inning, and Anthony Rendon added a 2 run homer in the 3rd. Newcomb ended with 6 hits allowed, a couple of walks, and 3 strikeouts.
The Braves cut it to 5 – 2 in the bottom of the 4th on a Tyler Flowers 2 run homer, but things remained dire otherwise until the 8th, when folk hero Charlie Culberson cut it to 5 – 4 with (all together now) a 2 run homer. However, Brad Brach allowed a final run in the top of the 9th, and the Braves could not get the tying run to the plate in the bottom.
The Nationals pick up a game as a result of the series, as do the Phillies, but 3 more games are in the books, and the lead is 6.5.
St. Louis comes to town on Monday.
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