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Atlanta Braves Shut Out by Washington Nationals, Magic Number Stays at Four

September 17th, 2013 at 9:47 PM
By Cody Fields

Just a few hours after enduring a heartbreaking loss Tuesday afternoon, the Atlanta Braves were swept in the doubleheader by the Washington Nationals, being shutout 4-0.

Freddy Garcia took a tough-luck loss, giving up one run on a Steve Lombardozzi RBI-single in the second as the only damage he incurred over seven innings.

The Nationals then piled three runs on Jordan Walden in the eighth, starting with a solo homer from Ryan Zimmerman before an RBI-double from Ian Desmond and an RBI-single from Adam LaRoche.

Tanner Roark all but silence the already scuffling Atlanta bats, giving up only two hits over seven innings of a winning performance.

The Braves looked to threaten in the ninth when Justin Upton and Freddie Freeman started the inning with hits, but Evan Gattis lined into a double play.

The loss was the Braves' third straight and fourth in five games, leaving their magic number to clinch the National League East at four with 11 games left to play.

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Tags: Adam LaRoche, Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Freddie Freeman, Freddy Garcia, Justin Upton, MLB, Ryan Zimmerman, Steve Lombardozzi, Tanner Roark, Washington Nationals

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