Jul 25, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Tyler Clippard (36) throws during the eighth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Nationals Fall to the Braves 3-2

The Washington Nationals lost against the NL East division leading Atlanta Braves Monday night, 3-2.  The loss puts the Nationals 13.5 games back of the Braves and lengthens Atlanta’s winning streak to 11.

Adam LaRoche gave the Nationals the early lead in the first when his double to right center scored Ian Desmond.

Freddie Freeman’s RBI singles in the third and fifth innings drove in the Braves first two runs of the night.

Stephen Strasburg had another solid outing, but the Nats bats were unable to give him adequate support.  He struck out nine in seven innings, allowed two runs and five hits.

In the sixth, the Nationals drew even on Anthony Rendon’s sacrifice fly that scored Ryan Zimmerman.

Tyler Clippard blew a rare hold when Justin Upton launched his 20th home run of the season to give the Braves the victory.

The Nationals will try to even the series Tuesday when Gio Gonzalez will duel against the Braves Julio Teheran.

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