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Braves fall 8-4 to Nats for 12th straight loss

The Nats hit three homers en route to extending Atlanta's losing streak.

Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

So much for trying to play spoiler.

The Nats completed a sweep of the Braves, who have now lost 12 straight, with three home runs and an 8-4 win.

Nick Swisher gave the Braves an early lead with an RBI single in the first, but Manny Banuelos could locate anything in a five-run second inning for the Nats. Michael Taylor plated two runs with a double, and then Jayson Werth went deep for a three-run homer.

Banuelos was done after giving up a leadoff homer to Bryce Harper in the third inning, his third of the series, and an infield single to Yunel Escobar. Later in the inning, an error by Adonis Garcia with the bases loaded allowed another run to score.

Swisher scored Atlanta's second run in the fourth on Michael Bourn's single; Anthony Rendon answered with his fourth home run in the home half of the inning. The Braves tried to chip away at the deficit, though. Jace Peterson's double in the fifth chased Joe Ross from the game; he would then score on A.J. Pierzynski's single. Nick Swisher's sacrifice fly that same inning cut Washington's lead in half, but that's all they'd get as the Nats completed the four-game sweep.

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