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Bill Ladson

Rocky defensive day catches up to Nats

Washington commits season-high five errors in loss to Braves

Rocky defensive day catches up to Nats

ATLANTA -- Entering Sunday's action, the Nationals led the Major Leagues in fielding percentage. That all changed during their 7-6, 10-inning loss to the Braves at Turner Field on Sunday afternoon.

The Nationals made a season-high five errors, the most they made in a game since July 15, 2011 -- also at Turner Field. The miscues dropped Washington into a tie for second in fielding percentage with the Dodgers at .988.

"We didn't play a good game at all," manager Dusty Baker said. "We would have been lucky to win the game with five errors. The game is not meant to be played with 32 outs to 27 outs."

Shortstop Danny Espinosa made two errors, the second of which allowed Nick Markakis to advance to third on a two-run double. Markakis would then score one batter later after Trea Turner made a catch on a Matt Kemp fly ball to center and dropped the ball on the transfer to cut the Nationals' lead to 4-3.

Markakis scores on error

In the sixth, Daniel Murphy's wild throw to first allowed a run to score. Then in the eighth, reliever Yusmeiro Petit's throwing error put runners on second and third with no outs and the Braves later tied the game on a double-play grounder.

On Saturday, Baker indicated that Turner Field was a tough place to play defense because of the conditions. But Baker had no excuses on Sunday.

"There were five errors of different sorts," Baker said. "There were a couple of throwing errors, fielding errors. One dropped ball on the throw in. Most of them were just errors. I'm hoping that we got it out of our system. We won three out of four in Atlanta, but we did not play good baseball. We have to feel fortunate we won three out of four even though we were not playing good baseball."

Bill Ladson has covered the Nationals/Expos for MLB.com since 2002 and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.