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3 takeaways: Atlanta Braves quickly start spoiling Washington’s last stand

For weeks, Nationals fans had been pointing to this part of the schedule where they would finally get a chance to get to the division lead by beating the Atlanta Braves head-to-head.

There’s probably still pointing involved… but not at the calendar. And the chatter has all but ended.

In fact, Nats fans are probably starting to look over their own shoulders a bit as their team has now dropped 7 out of their last 11 contests.

Most importantly: for the fourth time in these 7 important match-ups, Atlanta has prevailed… and that happened in convincing fashion on Friday night.