Though they took two of three from the Braves, the Nationals' 5-2 loss on Wednesday had major ramifications. Combined with the Reds' win, they're now 5 1/2 games back with 10 to play.
Still dealing with tightness in his forearm, Stephen Strasburg was scratched from another start. Gio Gonzalez will now pitch for the Nationals on Thursday.
After taking both ends of Tuesday’s doubleheader, the Nationals found themselves in position to go for a rare series sweep of the Braves. It all came crashing down in the top of the sixth.
The hopes of Ross Detwiler returning for the Nationals by the end of this season have grown increasingly slim.