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What went wrong in the series and what the Nats have to do now going forward is on the minds of both WTOP Nats beat reporter Craig Heist and MLB.com's Nats beat reporter Bill Ladson.
Mike Minor threw six strong innings, Dan Uggla broke it open with a two-run single and the Atlanta Braves denied Gio Gonzalez his 20th win, completing a sweep of the first-place Washington Nationals 5-1 on Sunday night.
While the Nationals rested regulars Ryan Zimmerman and Ian Desmond, the Marlins' Ricky Nolasco tossed a four-hitter and didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning.
Stephen Strasburg allowed two hits over six scoreless innings, striking out nine before being pulled Sunday as the Washington Nationals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3.
Pittsburgh Pirates left-handed pitcher Erik Bedard left Wednesday night's game against Washington in the second inning due to back spasms.
Love is in the air for Washington's own Cutter Dykstra, infielder for the Nationals.