Braves beat Nationals 3-1 to snap 5-game skid

photo Atlanta Braves' Christian Bethancourt hits a single to score teammates Phil Gosselin, Freddie Freeman and Jason Heyward in theirgame against the Washington Nationals, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in Atlanta.

ATLANTA - The Braves ended their five-game losing streak but gained no ground in their longshot chase for the playoffs.

Three runs scored when Christian Bethancourt's sixth-inning single bounced off first baseman Tyler Moore's glove and into right field, lifting Atlanta to a 3-1 win over a Washington Nationals' lineup of backups on Wednesday night.

The Braves remained 5½ games behind Pittsburgh for the second NL wild card with 10 games remaining. Losses in 11 of 14 games before Wednesday night left Atlanta in need of a lot of help.