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Recap: Nationals 2, Braves 10
Boxscores    Line Movements    BT Movements
Game: 3
Venue: Turner Field
Date: April 13, 2014 1:35 PM EDT
  

ATLANTA (AP) - Manager Matt Williams says the Washington Nationals won't spend too much time reflecting on another lost weekend against the Atlanta Braves.

'We hope that we just got it out of our system early and go on from here,' he said. 'It's not from lack of effort or lack of intensity or lack of preparation. It just happened that way. What do you do? You just keep working.'

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Gio Gonzalez gave up two-run homers to Justin Upton and Freddie Freeman as Washington ended a three-game sweep by the Braves with a 10-2 loss on Sunday.

Losing for the 18th time in the last 25 series matchups with Atlanta, the Nationals hope their fortunes change when they begin a three-game series Monday in Miami.

Washington, which has lost five of six to the Braves this year, began the day by placing third baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right thumb.

With Zimmerman and leadoff hitter Denard Span sidelined, the Nationals' lineup managed just five hits off Aaron Harang (2-1), who allowed one run, one walk and struck out five in six innings.

Gonzalez (2-1) continued his struggles against the Braves, giving up nine hits, six runs and four walks and striking out six in six innings.

Despite ranking second in the majors among left-handers with 34 wins since the start of 2012, Gonzalez is 2-7 with a 5.31 ERA in 10 starts against the Braves during that span.

'We were catching bad breaks,' Gonzalez said. 'We were making some big mistakes, and as a starting pitcher you've got to learn to adjust and keep the ball down.'

Harang, making his 322nd career start and third with the Braves, improved to 2-4 with a 3.72 ERA in 10 starts against Washington.

Ian Thomas faced the minimum in the seventh and Jordan Walden faced four batters in the eighth for Atlanta. Gus Schlosser gave up Adam LaRoche's third homer in the ninth to make it 10-2.

Ross Detwiler gave up four unearned runs in the eighth for Washington on Freeman's RBI double and Andrelton Simmons' first homer, a three-run shot that put the Braves up 10-1.

Gonzalez's struggles began in the first.

After walking leadoff hitter Jason Heyward, Gonzalez made an errant underhanded throw to first baseman LaRoche on B.J. Upton's bunt single. The ball rolled away from LaRoche, allowing Heyward to advance to third and B.J. Upton to second.

Freeman's sacrifice fly scored Heyward, and Justin Upton homered to make it 3-0.

'It's definitely fun to watch him right now,' Freeman said after watching Upton's fourth homer in the last four games. 'He's what you call locked in. He's pretty much carried us the last few days.'

Atlanta added three more runs in the second.

Tyler Pastornicky led off with a triple and scored on Heyward's RBI double. Freeman followed with his fourth homer to give the Braves a 6-0 lead.

Gonzalez stranded two runners when Justin Upton struck out in the fourth and stranded the bases loaded in the fifth when Heyward popped up.

Washington's run came on Jose Lobaton's RBI groundout, scoring Kevin Frandsen from third to make it 6-1 in the fifth.

'The common thread is that I feel the same way pretty much every time we play these guys, you know?' shortstop Ian Desmond said after going 0 for 4. 'It's tough. It stinks getting beat, but we know we can play with them. Maybe (we'll) try something different next time.'

NOTES: Washington RF Jayson Werth returned after a sore groin forced him from the lineup on Saturday. Werth went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts and stranded three runners. ... Simmons hit in the No. 5 spot for the first time in his career, going 2 for 5 with three RBIs. ... Washington LF Steven Souza Jr. made his major league debut in the seventh as Frandsen moved to second base and Danny Espinosa left the game. Souza struck out in the eighth. ... The Nationals called up INF Zach Walters from Triple-A Syracuse to take Zimmerman's spot on the 25-man roster. Walters struck out as a pinch-hitter to end the game. ... Span, on the seven-day DL with concussion symptoms, missed his second straight game.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Nationals at Braves
Fri, Apr 11 Final 6 to 7
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Nationals at Braves
Sat, Apr 12 Final 3 to 6
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Nationals at Braves
Sun, Apr 13 Final 2 to 10
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 WAS  -129   +135   7 
 ATL  +119   -155   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 WAS  -132   +125   7 
 ATL  +122   -145   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 WAS  66%   84%   36% 
 ATL  34%   16%   64% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Apr 12, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 3 Over: 9 
 ATL 6 Cover: +100 
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 Apr 11, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 6 Over: 13 
 ATL 7 Cover: +100 
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 Apr 6, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 1 Under: 3 
 WAS 2 Cover: +100 
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 Apr 5, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 6 Cover: +144 
 WAS 2 Over: 8 
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 Apr 4, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 2 Cover: +155 
 WAS 1 Under: 3 
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 Mar 6, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 2 Over: 5 
 ATL 3 Cover: +100 
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 Mar 4, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 4 Over: 12 
 ATL 8 Cover: +100 
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 Mar 1, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 15 Over: 31 
 WAS 16 Cover: +100 
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 MLB RECAPS
 Sunday, Apr 13
 
    Rays at Reds
1:10 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Orioles
1:35 PM EDT
    Nationals at Braves
1:35 PM EDT
    Marlins at Phillies
1:35 PM EDT
    Indians at White Sox
2:10 PM EDT
    Pirates at Brewers
2:10 PM EDT
    Royals at Twins
2:10 PM EDT
    Cubs at Cardinals
2:15 PM EDT
    Astros at Rangers
3:05 PM EDT
    Mets at Angels
3:35 PM EDT
    Rockies at Giants
4:05 PM EDT
    Athletics at Mariners
4:10 PM EDT
    Tigers at Padres
4:10 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Diamondbacks
4:10 PM EDT
    Red Sox at Yankees
8:05 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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