Braves general manager Frank Wren doesn’t know what the immediate future holds for him and his struggling team. Trailing Washington by just a half-game on July 29, the Braves are now 15 games behind the NL East champion Nationals. ”I think we had a club we thought could go into the postseason and have a good chance because of our pitching.” The Braves won the NL East last year, their first division title since 2005, but they couldn’t overcome a strikeout-prone offense that went 8-60 when scoring two runs or less. ”Especially the last month.” After getting swept in a three-game series by the New York Mets, manager Fredi Gonzalez didn’t want to discuss his thoughts of what might happen in the offseason.

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Clayton Kershaw wins his 20th, Rusney Castillo makes his debut and Glen Perkins’ season is over in the Week That Was.

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Ryan Zimmerman had two hits, including an RBI triple, in his return to the lineup and the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 3-2 Saturday night. Zimmerman, who missed 55 games because of a hamstring injury, had his run-scoring triple to key Washington’s three-run seventh inning. Asdrubal Cabera’s RBI triple tied the score at 2-2 and chased Miami starter Jarred Cosart, and Denard Span’s single off reliever Mike Dunn put the Nationals ahead.

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Umpire Tim Welke heard a foul-mouthed fan heckling Bryce Harper and decided it was time for the man to go. Welke took off his mask, pointed to the fan and ejected him from Turner Field in Atlanta during Tuesday night’s game between the Washington Nationals and Braves.

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Adam LaRoche hit an early two-run homer to support Doug Fister and lead the NL-leading Washington Nationals to a 3-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Friday night. Fister (15-6) allowed two runs and five hits in 6 2-3 innings for the Nationals, who have won six of seven. The Nationals (89-64) lead the Dodgers (88-66) by 1 1-2 games for the best record in the league. Washington’s Denard Span had two hits and drove in a run for Washington.

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ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves watched another team celebrate at Turner Field.

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Already the NL East champions, the Washington Nationals are now totally focused on another race. Gio Gonzalez allowed two runs in seven innings, Bryce Harper had three hits, and the Nationals kept up their push for home-field advantage in the NL playoffs by beating the Miami Marlins 6-2 on Thursday night. Kevin Frandsen and Anthony Rendon each had two hits for Washington (88-64), which opened the night 1-1/2 games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the race for the NL’s best record. ”That’s the way we play the game,” Washington’s Ian Desmond said.

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The Braves ended their five-game losing streak but gained no ground in their longshot chase for the playoffs. Three runs scored when Christian Bethancourt’s sixth-inning single bounced off first baseman Tyler Moore’s glove and into right field, lifting Atlanta to a 3-1 win over a Washington Nationals’ lineup of backups on Wednesday night. The Braves remained 5 1/2 games behind Pittsburgh for the second NL wild card with 10 games remaining. Losses in 11 of 14 games before Wednesday night left Atlanta in need of a lot of help.

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The Washington Nationals celebrated like a team that expected to be in this position a year ago. They romped to Lil Jon’s party anthem ”Turn Down for What.” Now that they’ve made up for lost time, it’s time to get back to work. The Nationals don’t want another one-and-done trip to the playoffs. Returning to the top of the NL East, Washington wrapped up its second division title in three years on Tuesday night with a 3-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves, the team that won the crown a year ago.

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The Washington Nationals bounced up and down in unison near second base, not bothered at all by a smattering of boos from the crowd at Turner Field. The Nationals wrapped up their second NL East title in three years against the team that knocked them out of the top spot last season, beating the Atlanta Braves 3-0 on Tuesday night. Tanner Roark pitched five-hit ball over seven innings and Ian Desmond’s two-run homer broke a scoreless tie in the sixth, sending Washington back to the playoffs with nearly two weeks to spare. ”Nice to have it done,” said Washington first baseman Adam LaRoche, who began his career with the Braves.

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