Though rookies Steve Lombardozzi and Bryce Harper did their part to get on base Sunday, the middle of the Nationals' order couldn't drive them in during a 3-2 loss to the Braves.
Everything started swimmingly for the Nationals when Lombardozzi and Harper led off with back-to-back homers. But Gio Gonzalez couldn't make it through the fifth, and the heart of the Nats' lineup kept coming up short.
Bryce Harper was named NL Rookie of the Month for May, and Gio Gonzalez became the second straight National to be named NL Pitcher of the Month.
The Nationals have called up veteran Mike Gonzalez and sent struggling reliever Ryan Perry to Class AAA Syracuse, leaving themselves with a left-handed heavy bullpen.
Stephen Strasburg pitched four-hit ball for seven sharp innings and Jesus Flores homered, leading the Washington Nationals over the Atlanta Braves 2-0 on Saturday.