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Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.

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Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper walks through the dugout after his team was swept by the Atlanta Braves Wednesday night. (Associated Press photo)

Braves dispose of Nationals, finish off sweep

“It's getting to a point where we're just not winning games,” said right fielder Jayson Werth, after the Washington Nationals' 6-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves completed the Braves' sweep of the series. “You hate to accept losing at any point. But the losses are definitely piling up.”

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper jaws at Atlanta Braves pitcher Julio Teheran after he was hit with a pitch in the fifth inning Tuesday night. (Associated Press photo)

Tensions flare, benches clear but Nationals fall to Braves again

The benches and bullpens cleared when Julio Teheran hit Bryce Harper with a purpose pitch in the fifth inning. But the Nationals’ season is such that neither Harper’s fire, nor his homer, could save the Nationals from another loss. They fell five games below .500 (54-59), 14.5 games behind the Braves in the National League East, and eight games back of the second Wild Card spot.

Braves outfielder Justin Upton circles the bases after hitting a home run off Washington Nationals right-hander Tyler Clippard. (Associated Press photo)

Nationals fall to Braves as division deficit grows

The Braves winning streak reached 11 and the Nationals went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. They put the leadoff batter on in seven of nine innings and scored him only once. They scalded pitches from Mike Minor and David Carpenter, right into the gloves of waiting fielders.