The Streak Ends, Nats Fall

The Nationals came back down to earth Tuesday night as they lost their first game in their last nine contests, falling to the Braves 8-1.

John Lannan has seen better outings. The lefty only survived 4.2 innings while giving up six runs on six hits. The usually in control Lannan allowed four walks to only one strikeout.

The Nats starter earned his 9th loss of the season.

During the clubs eight game win streak there was a clear recommitment to defense. In fact as Chico Harlan pointed out recently, the Nationals turnaround in the  standings can be traced to their turn around in defensive consistency.

The errors, however, returned tonight. Both Cristian Guzman and Josh Willingham made errors with their gloves and the Nats as a result allowed two unearned runs.

Those two unearned runs however, do not account for all eight of the Braves scores. The Atlanta club recorded 10 hits, with all eight position players contributing to that total.

Ryan Church contributed two hits and two runs for the Braves while reaching base four times. Chipper Jones also added two hits and two runs, as well as chipping in with his 15th home run of the year.