(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.