National League Game Summary - Atlanta at Washington
(Monday, August 20th)
Final Score: Washington 5, Atlanta 4 (13 innings)
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Dan Uggla's error in the bottom of the 13th
inning allowed Danny Espinosa to score the deciding run and lift the
Washington Nationals over the Atlanta Braves, 5-4, in the opener of a key
Espinosa reached first on a fielder's choice and advanced to third on an
infield single by Kurt Suzuki when third baseman Chipper Jones kicked a
Pinch-hitter Chad Tracy then hit a hard grounder to the right side of the
infield. Uggla made a diving stop and had a chance to catch Espinosa at the
plate. Uggla fumbled the ball as he tried to grab it out of his glove and it
fell to the ground at his feet, allowing Espinosa to cross the plate and
stretch Washington's lead over Atlanta in the NL East to a franchise-best six
"They were looking to come in here and try to do some damage and walk away
here with their heads high. Hopefully now they can't," Tracy said.
The error made a winner out of Craig Stammen (6-1), who worked two scoreless
innings of relief after Michael Gonzalez worked around a leadoff double by
Martin Prado in the 11th.
Cristian Martinez (5-3) took the loss for Atlanta, which dropped its third
"I'm proud of the club. They came out and they battled for 13 innings," Braves
manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I think that we've played some tough ballgames
against a very good team and we know we can hang in there."
Neither starter was very effective as Jordan Zimmermann allowed four runs on
eight hits and two walks over five full frames and Tim Hudson surrendered four
runs on seven hits and four walks through six-plus innings.
The Braves jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning after Prado doubled to
left-center field and raced home on a Jason Heyward single.
Washington responded with four runs in the bottom half. Jayson Werth led off
with a double that deflected off Jones' glove and quickly scored as Bryce
Harper followed with an RBI single to left. After Ryan Zimmerman singled,
Michael Morse grounded out to move the runners up one base. Adam LaRoche's RBI
groundout and Ian Desmond's two-run homer made it a 4-1 contest.
Atlanta tied the game with one run in the fourth and two in the fifth. With
one out in the fourth, Freddie Freeman walked and Uggla doubled. Paul Janish's
RBI single cut the gap to 4-2.
Prado then hit a one-out single in the fifth and scored on Heyward's homer to
right, making it 4-4.
The Nationals had a chance to go back in front in the eighth after loading the
bases with one out. But pinch-hitter Tyler Moore popped out and Werth flied
out to end the threat.
The start of the game was delayed 56 minutes due to rain ... Washington leads
the season series between the teams, 9-4 ... The Nationals have won 19
straight games in which they have hit at least one homer ... Atlanta hit 2-
for-12 with runners in scoring position and left 14 men on base ... Washington
went 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position and stranded 12 ... The Braves
signed first baseman Lyle Overbay to a minor league contract on Monday.
08/21 02:59:21 ET
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