National League Game Summary - Washington at Atlanta
(Friday, June 29th)
Final Score: Washington 5, Atlanta 4
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Michael Morse went 4-for-4 and his solo home
run in the eighth led the Washington Nationals to a 5-4 win over the Atlanta
Braves in the opener of a three-game set.
Morse scored three times, Ian Desmond drove in two and Jesus Flores hit a solo
home run for the Nationals, who have won three of their last four games.
Ross Detwiler started the game and gave up four runs on five hits over 6 2/3
innings and added an RBI single. Sean Burnett (1-1) got the win after getting
the final out of the seventh and pitching a scoreless eighth.
Andrelton Simmons hit a two-run home run while Michael Bourn and Martin Prado
each drove in a run for the Braves, who have dropped their past two games.
Randall Delgado gave up four runs -- two earned -- on eight hits with three
strikeouts over four innings. Chad Durbin (3-1) gave up the homer to Morse and
got charged with the loss.
Atlanta had tied the game with a four-run seventh inning, but the Nationals
quickly got the lead back as Morse led off the eighth with his third homer of
the year to make it a 5-4 game.
"I'm just trying to see a good ball and get a good pitch to hit," said Morse.
"I wasn't thinking of anything, just trying to be free and easy. That was my
whole approach today."
Burnett, who got the final out of the seventh, stayed on for the eighth and
gave up a leadoff single to Chipper Jones. However, he then struck out Brian
McCann and got Matt Diaz to hit into a 6-4-3 double play.
Tyler Clippard gave up a leadoff double to Freddie Freeman to start the ninth
and walked Prado with one out. Clippard, though, got Bourn and Simmons to fly
out for his 13th save of the season.
"We always play good games against the Nationals," said Freeman. "It's always
fun, and always fun to watch. They're a real good team and we battled them
until the end."
Washington struck for a run in the second inning. Morse singled to leadoff and
Danny Espinosa later singled to put runners on the corners. Detwiler helped
his cause with a two-out single to right for a 1-0 lead.
The Nationals scored two more in the third inning. With two outs, Adam LaRoche
reached when Jack Wilson misplayed a grounder. Morse then reached base on an
infield single that saw Simmons' throw go wild, putting runners on second and
third. Desmond then singled to left to plate both runners and was himself
thrown out at third to end the inning, but not before it was a 3-0 game.
Flores made it a 4-0 game in the fourth when he clubbed a 2-2 pitch deep into
the seats in left for his third homer of the season.
The Braves wasted a first and third opportunity in the third when Simmons
grounded out to end the inning, but the team got a leadoff double from Diaz to
start the fifth.
Nothing came of it, though, as Freeman lined out and Wilson grounded out
without moving Diaz. Juan Francisco was then hit by a pitch and Bourn reached
on a Detwiler error to load the bases, but Simmons flied out to end the frame.
Atlanta finally got to Detwiler in the seventh, and did so in a big way.
Freeman was hit by a pitch with one out and Wilson followed with a bunt
single. A balk called on Detwiler moved the runners up a base and Prado
singled home the first run. A sac fly from Bourn made it a two-run game, but
not for long as Simmons clubbed a pitch just over the left field wall to make
it a 4-4 game.
The Nationals are 36-2 when leading after six innings...Washington has won
five of six against Atlanta this season...The Nationals left nine men on base
while the Braves stranded seven...Stephen Strasburg will look for his 10th win
of the season as he takes the mound for Washington on Saturday while Mike
Minor will hope to snap a two-start losing streak for Atlanta.
06/29 23:44:57 ET
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