Gausman strong in return as Braves beat Nats

By CHARLES ODUM
Posted 7/22/19

ATLANTA (AP) — Kevin Gausman showed he has the potential to add stability to the Atlanta Braves' rotation.Just like last year.Gausman pitched into the eighth inning after missing more than a month, …

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Gausman strong in return as Braves beat Nats

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ATLANTA (AP) — Kevin Gausman showed he has the potential to add stability to the Atlanta Braves' rotation.

Just like last year.

Gausman pitched into the eighth inning after missing more than a month, Josh Donaldson and Ronald Acuña Jr. homered, and the Braves beat the Washington Nationals 7-1 on Sunday night to protect their NL East lead.

Atlanta acquired Gausman from Baltimore at the 2018 trade deadline and he won five games with a 2.87 ERA in 10 starts for the Braves. The right-hander had a bloated 6.21 ERA in 13 starts this year before landing on the injured list with plantar fasciitis in his right foot. But he was sharp in his first major league outing since June 10.

Gausman (3-5) allowed five hits and one run in seven-plus innings, with eight strikeouts and no walks.

"Hopefully he does for us what he did a year ago," said Atlanta manager Brian Snitker, explaining Gausman's return from the IL "would be like making a trade."

The Braves' rotation has endured some turnover, making Gausman's strong start especially important 10 days before the trade deadline. The team sent struggling 2018 All-Star Mike Foltynewicz to Triple-A Gwinnett and moved Sean Newcomb to the bullpen in the first half while more recently losing Max Fried to the IL with a finger blister.

Gausman said "every guy here is pitching well" and added: "I just hope to be another guy on that long list."

Nick Markakis hit a two-run single in the first off Joe Ross (0-2). Donaldson added his sixth-inning homer off Ross and a run-scoring single in the seventh. Acuña launched a two-run homer off Kyle McGowin in the eighth.

Following a split of the four-game series, the first-place Braves still lead the Nationals by 6½ games.

"We had chances to especially win three of them, if not all four," Washington infielder Brian Dozier said.

Added manager Dave Martinez: "You were hoping to make up a couple games."

Gausman had good control of his fastball and didn't need to experiment with a curve he worked on during his minor league rehab assignment.

He did not allow a runner to reach second base until the eighth, when he was pulled after giving up singles to Dozier and Kurt Suzuki to open the inning. Pinch-hitter Gerardo Parra's bloop single off Anthony Swarzak drove in Dozier.

Ross, recalled from Triple-A Fresno before the game, allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings.

Freddie Freeman had three hits and an RBI for Atlanta.

Nationals center fielder Victor Robles raced in toward the infield to make a diving catch of Dansby Swanson's shallow fly in the fifth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: 1B Ryan Zimmerman left with an apparent right foot injury following an infield single in the second. Zimmerman, who missed 53 games with plantar fasciitis in his right foot this season, showed obvious discomfort while running down the line. "Same foot, same sort of thing," said Zimmerman, scheduled for an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the injury. ... RHP Austin Voth was a candidate to start the game before he was placed on the 10-day IL, retroactive to Thursday, with right biceps tendinitis.

Braves: RHP Patrick Weigel was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett.

END OF THE ROAD

The loss by Ross snapped a string of 27 consecutive starts without a defeat for Washington's starting pitchers since a loss by Stephen Strasburg on June 15. It was the longest streak since the 1916 New York Giants.

STREAK STATUS

Acuña singled up the middle but was thrown out at second by Robles to end the second inning. Acuña, who also walked in the seventh before his homer one inning later, has reached safely in 27 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the majors. Acuña didn't extend his streak of stolen bases in five straight games.

SCHERZER UPDATE

Washington ace Max Scherzer (mid-back strain) could come off the 10-day injured list and return to the rotation Thursday against Colorado. Martinez said Scherzer "felt good" after he "let it go pretty good" while throwing in the outfield. Scherzer is expected to throw a bullpen Monday that could determine his status for Thursday.

UP NEXT

Nationals: RHP Erick Fedde (1-1, 3.50 ERA) starts when Washington opens a home series against Colorado on Monday night.

Braves: Following an off day, LHP Dallas Keuchel (3-3, 3.58) will start Tuesday night's opener of a two-game series against Kansas City. Keuchel is 4-1 with a 2.56 ERA in eight career starts against the Royals.


National League

East Division

WLPctGB

Atlanta6041.594

Washington5246.531

Philadelphia5248.520

New York4554.45514

Miami3661.37122

Central Division

WLPctGB

Chicago5445.545

Milwaukee5348.5252

St. Louis5147.520

Pittsburgh4652.469

Cincinnati4453.4549

West Division

WLPctGB

Los Angeles6735.657

Arizona5050.50016

San Francisco5050.50016

Colorado4752.47518½

San Diego4752.47518½

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Saturday's Games

N.Y. Yankees 11, Colorado 5

Chicago Cubs 6, San Diego 5

N.Y. Mets 11, San Francisco 4

Pittsburgh 5, Philadelphia 1

Cincinnati 3, St. Louis 2

Washington 5, Atlanta 3

Milwaukee 8, Arizona 3

L.A. Dodgers 10, Miami 6

Sunday's Games

Colorado 8, N.Y. Yankees 4

St. Louis 3, Cincinnati 1

Philadelphia 2, Pittsburgh 1, 11 innings

San Diego 5, Chicago Cubs 1

San Francisco 3, N.Y. Mets 2, 12 innings

L.A. Dodgers 9, Miami 0

Milwaukee 7, Arizona 4

Atlanta 7, Washington 1

Monday's Games

Colorado (Lambert 2-1) at Washington (Fedde 1-1), 7:05 p.m.

St. Louis (Ponce de Leon 1-0) at Pittsburgh (Williams 3-3), 7:05 p.m.

Cincinnati (Gray 5-6) at Milwaukee (Anderson 5-2), 8:10 p.m.

Miami (Richards 3-11) at Chicago White Sox (Nova 4-9), 8:10 p.m.

Baltimore (Brooks 2-3) at Arizona (Ray 8-6), 9:40 p.m.

Chicago Cubs (Mills 0-0) at San Francisco (Anderson 3-2), 9:45 p.m.

Tuesday's Games

Colorado (Gray 9-7) at Washington (Strasburg 12-4), 7:05 p.m.

St. Louis (Hudson 9-4) at Pittsburgh (Archer 3-6), 7:05 p.m.

Philadelphia (Nola 8-2) at Detroit (Boyd 6-8), 7:10 p.m.

San Diego (Paddack 6-4) at N.Y. Mets (Vargas 4-5), 7:10 p.m.

Kansas City (Duffy 4-5) at Atlanta (Keuchel 3-3), 7:20 p.m.

Cincinnati (Roark 5-6) at Milwaukee (Davies 8-2), 8:10 p.m.

Miami (Smith 5-4) at Chicago White Sox (Covey 1-5), 8:10 p.m.

Baltimore (Bundy 4-11) at Arizona (Kelly 7-9), 9:40 p.m.

Chicago Cubs (Darvish 3-4) at San Francisco (Bumgarner 5-7), 9:45 p.m.

L.A. Angels (Pena 7-3) at L.A. Dodgers (Maeda 7-6), 10:10 p.m.


American League

East Division

WLPctGB

New York6434.653

Tampa Bay5745.5599

Boston5446.54011

Toronto3863.37627½

Baltimore3167.31633

Central Division

WLPctGB

Minnesota6038.612

Cleveland5741.5823

Chicago4452.45815

Kansas City3764.36624½

Detroit3065.31628½

West Division

WLPctGB

Houston6437.634

Oakland5743.570

Los Angeles5249.51512

Texas5049.50513

Seattle4062.39224½

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Saturday's Games

N.Y. Yankees 11, Colorado 5

Chicago White Sox 2, Tampa Bay 1, 11 innings

Toronto 7, Detroit 5

Boston 17, Baltimore 6

Houston 6, Texas 1

Kansas City 1, Cleveland 0

Oakland 5, Minnesota 4

L.A. Angels 6, Seattle 2

Sunday's Games

Baltimore 5, Boston 0

Colorado 8, N.Y. Yankees 4

Cleveland 5, Kansas City 4

Detroit 4, Toronto 3, 10 innings

Tampa Bay 4, Chicago White Sox 2

Houston 5, Texas 3

Minnesota 7, Oakland 6

L.A. Angels 9, Seattle 3

Monday's Games

Cleveland (Clevinger 3-2) at Toronto (Borucki 0-0), 7:07 p.m.

Boston (Rodriguez 11-4) at Tampa Bay (Beeks 5-0), 7:10 p.m.

Miami (Richards 3-11) at Chicago White Sox (Nova 4-9), 8:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia 5-4) at Minnesota (Perez 8-3), 8:10 p.m.

Oakland (Bailey 8-6) at Houston (Cole 10-5), 8:10 p.m.

Baltimore (Brooks 2-3) at Arizona (Ray 8-6), 9:40 p.m.

Texas (Sampson 6-6) at Seattle (Gonzales 10-8), 10:10 p.m.

Tuesday's Games

Cleveland (Bauer 9-7) at Toronto (Sanchez 3-14), 7:07 p.m.

Boston (Sale 4-9) at Tampa Bay (Morton 11-3), 7:10 p.m.

Philadelphia (Nola 8-2) at Detroit (Boyd 6-8), 7:10 p.m.

Kansas City (Duffy 4-5) at Atlanta (Keuchel 3-3), 7:20 p.m.

Miami (Smith 5-4) at Chicago White Sox (Covey 1-5), 8:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (German 12-2) at Minnesota (Gibson 9-4), 8:10 p.m.

Oakland (Fiers 9-3) at Houston (Miley 8-4), 8:10 p.m.

Baltimore (Bundy 4-11) at Arizona (Kelly 7-9), 9:40 p.m.

L.A. Angels (Pena 7-3) at L.A. Dodgers (Maeda 7-6), 10:10 p.m.

Texas (Sampson 6-6) at Seattle (TBD), 10:10 p.m.


Southern League

North Division

WLPct.GB

x-Montgomery (Rays)1911.633

Birmingham (White Sox)1710.630½

Jackson (Diamondbacks)1611.593

Tennessee (Cubs)1020.3339

Chattanooga (Reds)821.27610½

South Division

WLPct.GB

x-Biloxi (Brewers)1910.655

Jacksonville (Marlins)1811.6211

Mississippi (Braves)1316.4486

Mobile (Angels)1316.4486

Pensacola (Twins)1118.3798

Saturday's Games

Pensacola at Mississippi, ppd.

Jackson 9, Montgomery 6

Jacksonville 4, Chattanooga 3

Birmingham 3, Tennessee 1

Biloxi 12, Mobile 3

Sunday's Games

Biloxi 8, Mobile 5, 10 innings

Jacksonville 10, Chattanooga 5

Birmingham 7, Tennessee 6

Mississippi 8, Pensacola 3

Montgomery 4, Jackson 3

Monday's Games

Montgomery at Tennessee, 7 p.m.

Biloxi at Jacksonville, 7:05 p.m.

Mississippi at Jackson, 7:05 p.m.

Mobile at Pensacola, 7:35 p.m.

Chattanooga at Birmingham, 8:05 p.m.

Tuesday's Games

Montgomery at Tennessee, 7 p.m.

Biloxi at Jacksonville, 7:05 p.m.

Mississippi at Jackson, 7:05 p.m.

Mobile at Pensacola, 7:35 p.m.

Chattanooga at Birmingham, 8:05 p.m.

Casteel update: Local pro Ryan Casteel had a hit and drew a trio of walks over the weekend, driving in one run and scoring twice in games Friday and Sunday. Saturday's game was washed out.

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