Nationals waste Lannan’s strong night in loss to Braves

Once again, John Lannan did some of his best work against the Atlanta Braves. And once again, the Nationals couldn’t make it count for much.

Lannan, who entered the night with a 3.38 ERA against the Braves, allowed just two earned runs in seven innings on Wednesday night, striking out six batters. But all it got him was another hard-luck loss.

The Nationals scored just one run against Braves starter Derek Lowe, falling 3-1 at Turner Field and handing the left-hander his fourth straight loss. In all four of those games, Lannan has allowed three earned runs or less.

Davey Johnson talks about the dominance of Derek Lowe against the Nats’ offense

He had one of his best nights of the season on Wednesday, throwing 62 of his 94 pitches for strikes and walking only one batter after issuing 11 free passes in his last three starts. But the Nationals managed only three hits in six innings against Derek Lowe before going down in three shutout innings against the Braves’ bullpen.

Michael Morse homered for the second straight game, scoring the Nationals’ only run.

Washington will try to win the series with Chien-Ming Wang on the mound tomorrow night.