Power trio: Freeman, Swanson, Acuña rally Braves past Nats

Freddie Freeman homered two times, Dansby Swanson hit a go-ahead shot within the 8th inning and the Atlanta Braves rallied from a Five-Zero deficit to overcome the Washington Nationals 7-6

WASHINGTON — Freddie Freeman homered two times, Dansby Swanson hit a go-ahead shot within the 8th inning and the Atlanta Braves rallied from a Five-Zero deficit to overcome the Washington Nationals 7-6 on Thursday night time.

Freeman tied the sport at 6 within the 7th with a 443-foot, two-run pressure to right-center off Will Harris. After a frightening bout with COVID-19 right through the Braves’ summer time camp, Freeman is without doubt one of the primary league leaders in OPS. He has 5 homers and 20 RBIs in his previous seven video games.

Swanson’s solo shot off Tanner Rainey (1-1) gave the Braves their first lead.

Chris Martin (1-1) labored a scoreless 7th, Shane Greene retired the facet within the 8th and Mark Melancon pitched the 9th for his 9th save in 10 probabilities.

Ronald Acuña Jr. additionally hit a two-run homer for the Braves, who weathered some other useless trip from their makeshift rotation. Spot starter Robbie Erlin were given 5 outs and allowed 5 extra-base hits. The general insult was once Adam Eaton’s two-run homer to the second one deck in right-center.

An evening previous, Atlanta starter Tommy Milone allowed 8 runs in Three 1/3 innings in opposition to Miami, however the Braves set a Nationwide League document for runs since 1900 and gained 29-Nine.

Juan Soto reached base 4 occasions for the last-place Nationals, who have been coming off a two-game sweep of Tampa Bay. A 12 months after profitable the International Sequence, Washington is clinging to faint hopes of sneaking into the expanded playoff box.

Trea Turner had an RBI triple, Soto a run-scoring double and Asdrúbal Cabrera an RBI triple within the first.

Huascar Ynoa relieved Erlin and gave the Braves’ unhealthy offense an opportunity to claw again. Freeman went deep within the fourth inning after Acuña’s leadoff stroll. Within the 5th, Acuña lofted reliever Wander Suero’s first pitch over the wall in appropriate.

Austin Voth retired the primary 9 Atlanta batters however handiest were given throughout the lineup yet one more time. He was once lifted with one out within the 5th after he hit Tyler Flora at the left arm with a pitch. Voth allowed 3 runs and two hits with two walks and 4 strikeouts.


For the reason that Nationals have been off Wednesday as Roberto Clemente was once commemorated round baseball, supervisor Dave Martinez and his coaches wore Clemente’s No. 21 on Thursday.

Martinez stated he wore the quantity as a soccer participant in highschool however had by no means worn it in a baseball (generic term).

“He is my idol. What he represents is solidarity,” Martinez stated. “He method so much not to handiest the Latin neighborhood however the baseball neighborhood, no longer handiest as a participant however as a humanitarian.”


Braves: Flora was once got rid of within the 6th as a precaution after the catcher was once hit by means of Voth’s pitch. Travis d’Arnaud changed him. … LHP Cole Hamels (triceps tendinitis), who has but to pitch this season, was once anticipated to throw on the staff’s change coaching website and may just rejoin the rotation as early as subsequent week, supervisor Brian Snitker stated.

Nationals: LHP Sean Doolittle limped off the mound once you have one out within the 9th. … Soto, who rejoined the lineup Tuesday after lacking 5 video games with a sore left elbow, is being restricted to designated hitter. “We do not know when Juan can throw once more,” Martinez stated.


Braves: RHP Josh Tomlin (2-2, Three.77 ERA) makes his 5th get started since being moved from the bullpen because the four-game sequence continues Friday. He allowed one run over six innings in a 10-Three win in opposition to the Nationals final Sunday.

Nationals: RHP Erick Fedde (1-Three, Five.29) allowed 4 runs in Three 2/Three innings in opposition to the Braves final Saturday.


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