(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The Atlanta Braves have lost six in a row, putting the Washington Nationals in prime position to leapfrog them in the standings behind a solid performance by left-hander Gio Gonzalez, who gave the Nats another solid start.

Gio’s chang-eup was extremely effective. He threw it 17 times – 14 for strikes – with one strikeout and just three balls in play. But instead of capitalizing, the Nats would fall to the Phillies 1-0 and waste one of Gio’s best outings of the year:

“It happens,” said Gonzalez after taking the loss. “It’s baseball. Can’t do anything about it.”

It was also the third defeat after a starter has given the team a quality start (six or more innings pitched with three or fewer earned runs allowed):

Player Date Rslt IP H R ER BB SO
Tanner Roark 4/21/2014 L 2-4 6 7 0 0 2 5
Jordan Zimmermann 4/24/2014 L 3-4 6 5 3 3 1 5
Gio Gonzalez 5/4/2014 L 0-1 7 4 1 1 2 7

Squandering quality starts is never a good thing, and the Nationals are barely average at getting those type of outings from their starters.

“Today wasn’t our day,” Nats Manager Matt Williams said.

Neil Greenberg analyzes advanced sports statistics for the Fancy Stats blog and prefers to be called a geek rather than a nerd.