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Braves lose 3 of 4 to Nationals

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Monday:-Nationals 3, Braves 2 Brian Jordan had a solo homer taken away by the umpires, who incorrectly ruled it a foul ball, subtracting a run for the Braves who ended up losing by a run. The Braves offense was shut down, only getting 3 hits, those by Andruw, Estrada, and Jordan. Kyle Davies (2-1) started and picked up the loss, going 5 and a third innings giving up 2 runs on 7 hits, 3 walks, and 4 strikeouts. It appears that his biggest problem is having too many deep counts, so far. John Foster and Kevin Gryboski contributed scoreless appearances, but Roman Colon continued his struggles by giving up a run. Tuesday:-Nationals 5, Braves 4 Mike Hampton had a successful return, pitching four scoreless innings, but again the bullpen let the Braves down. Adam Bernero, after pitching a strong 5th inning, gave up 2 runs in the 6th. With a 3-2 lead in the 7th, Roman Colon (0-2) was brought in and gave up 2 runs. Kevin Gryboski and John Foster both allowed inherited runs to score in that inning. The Braves added a run in the 9th on a Julio Franco solo homer, but later couldn't score with runners on the corners and one out. On offense, Julio Franco was 2 for 2 with a homer after pinch-hitting for Adam LaRoche in the 6th. Furcal, Chipper, Andruw, and Estrada added single hits. Wednesday:-Braves 5, Nationals 4 The Braves finally gave John Smoltz some support. In the 8th inning, trailing 4-2, Wilson Betemit hit a 2 out game-tying 2-run homer. The Braves added another run to take the lead. Smoltz (4-4) pitched 7 innings, giving up 4 runs on 6 hits, 4 walks, and 3 strikeouts. Chris Reitsma pitched the final 2 innings in scoreless fashion to pick up his 2nd save. On offense, Betemit was 2-2 with a homer, 2 RBI, 2 intentional walks, and a run scored. Ryan Langerhans was 2 for 3 with a double and a run scored. Johnny Estrada was also 2 for 5 to continue his hot hitting of late. Thursday:-Nationals 8, Braves 6 Dan Kolb (1-5) gave up 4 runs in the 8th inning, helping to blow a 3 run lead that the Braves had rallied to take. This spoiled a decent outing by Horacio Ramirez, who recovered from his last start to pitch 7 innings, giving up 3 runs on 8 hits, 2 walks, and 1 strikeout. Offensively, Wilson Betemit was 2-3 with a walk and a run scored. Ryan Langerhans was 2-4 with a walk and a run scored. Now, the Braves travel to Pittsburgh in a tie for first with the Marlins. Everyone in the division is within 2.5 games of the lead. Tonight, Tim Hudson faces Kip Wells, on Saturday Kyle Davies goes against Mark Redman, and on Sunday Mike Hampton faces Oliver Perez.

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