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.
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.
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.