Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Julio Teheran threw six shutout innings and the
Atlanta Braves defeated the Washington Nationals, 2-1, in the rubber match of
a three-game series at Turner Field.
Teheran (10-6) allowed five hits while striking out five and walking three in
his outing. Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless ninth to notch his 39th save.
Chris Johnson and Freddie Freeman had an RBI apiece for the Braves, who have
won four of their last five games.
"It's a great ballclub over there," said Johnson. "Anytime we can beat them,
it's a big win for us. It's a big series in the NL East. Just glad we won the
Jayson Werth drove in the lone run for the Nationals, who have lost three of
four following a five-game winning streak.
Gio Gonzalez (7-6) had nine strikeouts, but gave up both runs on five hits
and four walks over seven innings.
The Nationals placed two runners on base in each of the first three innings,
but failed to capitalize.
Meanwhile, the Braves scored two runs in the first. B.J. Upton walked to start
the inning and stole second base. After Phil Gosselin delivered a bunt single
for his first major league hit, Freeman scored Upton with a base hit to
center. Two batters later, Johnson knocked an RBI single to right center.
Washington got on the board in the seventh. With Scott Downs taking over for
Teheran, Denard Span hit a leadoff single but was forced out on a fielder's
choice by Anthony Rendon. After Bryce Harper was walked, David Carpenter came
out in relief and gave up an RBI single to Werth.
However, the would be it for the Nationals. They were retired in short order
in the eighth. Span hit a one-out infield single in the ninth, but Kimbrel
struck out Rendon and Harper to end the game.
"I love these fans, I really do," Harper said. "These people, they're
absolutely unbelievable. If I was playing in crowds like this, I'd be stoked
to play here every night. It's just a fan-based organization. Everyone loves
Werth is on a 10-game hitting streak. He is 19-for-39 with 10 RBI during the
streak ... The Nationals were 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position and
left 11 runners on base ... Johnson is on a seven-game hitting streak ...
Atlanta's Jordan Schafer had two stolen bases ... Atlanta is 6-5 all-time in
rubber matches against Washington at Turner Field and lead the season series
12-4 ... The Braves have an off day Monday.
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