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Braves lose 4-1 to Nationals, split series

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 22, 2014 at 5:52 pm •  Published: June 22, 2014
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Atlanta Braves started their weekend series in Washington by continuing their winning ways against the Nationals.

By Sunday afternoon, that success meant little to the Braves.

Tanner Roark won his fourth straight start, Denard Span had an RBI double and the Nationals beat Atlanta 4-1 Sunday for a split of the four-game series between NL East rivals.

Atlanta scored one run in dropping the final two games of the series and fell to 1 1/2 games behind the Nationals, which is where they were when the series started.

"You know what, it's funny, baseball is," said Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez, whose team is 20-9 against Washington since the start of 2013 and 7-3 this season.

"If we would've lost the first two games and won the last two games you'd be feeling pretty good about yourselves," Valentine said. It didn't happen that way, it happened the other way, so you're not feeling real good about yourself."

Freddie Freeman had two hits for Atlanta. Evan Gattis went 0 for 3 to snap his 20-game hitting streak.

Ervin Santana (5-5) went six innings, giving up three runs and six hits. He walked one and struck out nine.

Atlanta's Chris Johnson was ejected for arguing a checked-swing call in the sixth, and teammate Justin Upton was ejected for arguing after a swinging strikeout in the ninth.

With Washington leading 3-0, the first two Braves reached against Roark (7-4) in the sixth. Manager Matt Williams visited the mound but left Roark in to face Jason Heyward. Roark got Heyward on a fly to right, but Justin Upton singled home Freddie Freeman to make 3-1.

Stammen came on to pitch to Johnson, who attempted to check his swing on a 1-2 pitch. Nationals catcher Sandy Leon appealed the ball call, and first base umpire Tim Welke ruled Johnson had gone around for strike three.

"I had turned around just because I had check swung, to regroup and get myself ready for the next pitch," Johnson said of the play, "and then I heard the crowd start cheering. So I turned around and I was shocked. Shocked that he rung me up on that."

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