Washington Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez was denied his 20th victory by the Atlanta Braves, who defeated their division rivals on Sunday evening, 5-1, and completed a three-game sweep. The victory brought the Braves to within 5.5 games of first place in the NL East and padded their lead for the top wild-card seed.
Atlanta put the game out of reach for Washington in the seventh inning by scoring three runs, with the death blow coming off of Dan Uggla's two-run single. Uggla went 1-for-3 in the contest, while teammate Chipper Jones contributed a 1-for-2 effort with a pair of walks.
Braves starter Mike Minor hurled six innings, giving up five hits and one run. He struck out three and walked two. Gonzalez tossed 5-plus innings, allowing four hits and two runs while striking out five and walking four.