Soy un perdedor.

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.

Nick Markakis and Dansby Swanson joined 2nd Lt. Dans with 2 hits each.

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.