Sloppy Nats defense helps Braves win series

Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (6) applies a late tag as Atlanta's Martin Prado slides into second base for a double during the seventh inning of the Braves' 11-2 win Sunday. The Nationals dropped to 1-2 with the loss. (Associated Press)Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (6) applies a late tag as Atlanta’s Martin Prado slides into second base for a double during the seventh inning of the Braves' 11-2 win Sunday. The Nationals dropped to 1-2 with the loss. (Associated Press)

Todd Coffey, Doug Slaten, Broderick and Chad Gaudin made sure that it didn’t, facing 19 batters and retiring only six of them to expose the Nationals’ bullpen a bit more than it had been in the season’s first two games. Only Drew Storen, who pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, left the game with an untarnished ERA.

“The game just didn’t have the same energy as the last two days,” Riggleman said. “That’s what was disappointing. … I just thought we would have carried a little more fire into this ballgame after [Saturday].”

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