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 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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