Braves bounce back as Teheran blanks Nats

Posted 7/8/17

WASHINGTON (AP) — Julio Teheran pitched seven strong innings to keep up his road dominance and added a career-high three RBIs, Nick Markakis and Johnan Camargo each had three hits, and the Atlanta …

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Braves bounce back as Teheran blanks Nats

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Julio Teheran pitched seven strong innings to keep up his road dominance and added a career-high three RBIs, Nick Markakis and Johnan Camargo each had three hits, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Washington Nationals 13-0 Saturday.

Teheran (7-6) gave up four hits while walking two and striking out five to improve to 6-0 in nine road starts this season. He singled twice against Stephen Strasburg to improve to 4 for 7 in his career against him.

Strasburg (9-3) was hit on his hip by a line drive from Markakis in the third and left after the inning. He gave up seven hits and six runs — three earned — in his shortest outing of season.

Markakis hit his fourth home run of the season for Atlanta while Matt Adams added his 14th.

The Braves have taken two out of three to pull 8 1/2 games behind Washington in the NL East. The Nationals were shut out for the first time this season.

With Atlanta already up 3-0 in the third, Markakis lined a pitch right back at Strasburg that caught the pitcher on the hip. Strasburg picked up the ball and made an errant throw to second allowing Markakis to reach first while Matt Kemp advanced to third.

Nationals manager Dusty Baker, pitching coach Mike Maddux, and trainer Paul Lessard all came to the mound to check on Strasburg who stayed in the game to face five more hitters before getting out of the inning in a 6-0 hole. Kurt Suzuki's two-out RBI single and Teheran's two-run RBI single in the third both came after Strasburg's shot to the hip.

Tanner Roark entered in the fourth — his first relief appearance of the season and allowed three runs and four hits.

The Braves scored one run in the sixth, seventh, and eighth before adding four in the ninth.

Atlanta improved to 6-6 against Washington after going 4-15 against the Nationals last year. The Braves have won four of six in Washington this year after dropping 23 of their previous 25 road games against the Nationals.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: INF/OF Sean Rodriguez went 0 for 3 with an RBI and a walk in his first rehab assignment for Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday. Rodriquez, who signed as a free agent in November and has since missed the entire first half of the season while recovering from left rotator cuff surgery.

Nationals: Baker said on Friday that he'd hope to have OF Jayson Werth "realistically ready sometime around the Arizona series" which begins on July 21. Werth is currently on rehab in West Palm Beach and has missed 34 games for the Nationals since fouling a ball off his left foot on June 4.

UP NEXT

Braves: LHP Sean Newcomb (1-3, 3.58) looks to bounce back after the shortest outing of his season when he lasted just 3 1/3 innings in a 16-4 loss to Houston on July 4.

Nationals: Baker has not yet named a starter although he hinted toward RHP Joe Ross (5-3, 4.86) before the game.

Friday’s game

NATIONALS 5,

BRAVES 4

10 INNINGS

WASHINGTON (AP) — Atlanta starter R.A. Dickey silenced Washington for seven innings Friday night. Once he was gone, though, the Nationals uncorked one of their biggest rallies of the season.

Daniel Murphy's one-out RBI single in the 10th inning capped Washington's 5-4 comeback victory over the Braves.

It was the 21st come-from-behind victory for the Nationals this season, and the second time they won when trailing after eight innings.

"I love comebacks and that was probably (one of) the best comebacks that we've had on the year," Washington manager Dusty Baker said.

Adrian Sanchez led off the 10th against Ian Krol (1-2) with his first major league hit and two batters later moved to third on Ryan Zimmerman's single. Murphy then lofted an opposite-field single over left fielder Matt Kemp's head to win it for Washington.

The Nationals made it to the 10th because of a three-run burst in the ninth against Braves closer Jim Johnson to tie it at 4, with Matt Wieters' sacrifice fly forcing extra innings. It was Johnson's seventh blown save.

"That just shows you what our lineup is capable of even when they get shut down for part of the game," starter Max Scherzer said.

Matt Albers (5-1) induced Kemp's double play grounder to end the 10th to help the Nationals escape a two-on jam.

"Everything was good until the ninth inning," Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. "Those things happen. You hate it when it does. We did a lot of really good things. We had our chances."

Dickey retired his first 10 hitters and took a no-hitter into the sixth before shortstop Stephen Drew broke it up with a leadoff double. The knuckleballer gave up a run and three hits while striking out seven in seven innings. In four starts since yielding eight runs in five innings on June 13 during a loss at Washington, he is 3-0 with a 1.00 ERA in 27 innings.

Scherzer set down the first nine batters he faced and struck out 10 over 7 2/3 innings while allowing four runs. It was the eighth time in nine starts and the 11th time this season Scherzer recorded 10 or more strikeouts, and he leads the NL with 173.

Freddie Freeman homered and drove in three runs for Atlanta. The solo shot in the seventh was the first homer since May 16 for Freeman, who returned from the disabled list Tuesday after missing 44 games with a fractured wrist.

"We have to win these kind of games to get back in this race," Freeman said. "We played a great game. They just had the right guys at the right time coming up to the plate. They did what they normally do. They got hits. They got guys on, they moved them over and got them in."

SNITKER EJECTED

Snitker was ejected for arguing a checked swing during Wieters' ninth-inning at-bat. Wieters eventually hit the tying sacrifice fly. It was his third ejection of the season, and he wasn't interested in watching the play again.

"I don't even think I need to," Snitker said. "I saw it live. I don't need to look at it."

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