Aug 6, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Logan Morrison (20) is greeted by shortstop Chris Taylor (22) after hitting a three-run home run against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves drop eighth straight game to Seattle Mariners after blowing early lead

This is getting really bad.

After grabbing a 3-1 lead in the top of the third inning with Julio Teheran on the mound, Atlanta Braves fans started to get their hopes up that this losing streak would finally come to an end. But, Teheran continued his bizarre home/road performance split and proceeded to give up four runs in the bottom of the frame and hand the Seattle Mariners a lead they wouldn’t give up again.

It was arguably Teheran’s worst performance of the year as he finished with six runs allowed (all of them earned) after giving up home runs to Dustin Ackley and Logan Morrison. The Mariners got nine hits off of Teheran, walked twice and struck out five times against him to power the Mariners to another victory against the Bravos.

Freddie Freeman went 3-4 out of the three-spot for the Braves, driving in two runs in the third inning hopefully get himself out of a slump, while Jason Heyward and Evan Gattis had two-hit games. Other than that–unless you’re really excited about a B.J. Upton double–it was more of the same from the Atlant offense.

This marks the first time since 1949 since the Braves have gone winless on a road trip of at least eight games. As the team scampers back home to the safety of Turner Field (where they are 31-24) they are somehow just 3.5 games behind the Nationals (who are about to start their game against the Mets).

Fortunately, they could still turn all of this around, as the Nats will be coming into town for a three-game series this weekend. Still, it’s time to worry about making the playoffs.

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