National League Game Summary - Atlanta at Washington|
(Sunday, June 3rd)
Final Score: Atlanta 3, Washington 2
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Jason Heyward ripped the go-ahead two-run
single in the fifth inning and the Atlanta Braves edged the Washington
Nationals, 3-2, in the finale of a rain-shortened two-game series on Sunday.
Dan Uggla laced an RBI double, while Michael Bourn and Martin Prado added two
hits apiece for the Braves, who have won three of their last four games.
Tommy Hanson (6-4) allowed two solo homers in the first inning, but nothing
else as he scattered six hits and fanned six without walking a batter over
seven frames to earn the win. Eric O'Flaherty worked a scoreless eighth and
Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth -- touching triple digits on
the radar gun along the way -- to nail down his 16th save of the season.
Steve Lombardozzi and Bryce Harper crushed solo homers for the Nats, losers in
four of their last five contests.
On the day when Gio Gonzalez (7-2) learned he was named the National League
Pitcher of the Month, he wasn't sharp on the mound, allowing three runs on
seven hits and three walks over 4 2/3 innings. He also struck out five in
"I thought he had pretty good stuff, but his command was off," Nationals
manager Davey Johnson said. "He really couldn't get the ball in and wasn't
using the inside part of the plate. It's a rare occasion where he doesn't have
good command and today was one of them."
Trailing, 2-1, the Braves took the lead for good in the fifth. Bourn began the
frame with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch. Uggla was
intentionally walked and Matt Diaz drew a free pass to load the bases with two
outs. Heyward then came up with a huge base hit through the hole into left to
bring home Bourn and Uggla to give the Braves a 3-2 lead and send Gonzalez to
"You want to be in that situation," Heyward said. "I want to be in that
situation every time I hit. All I can do is go up there and battle and give
myself the best opportunity. After that, it's out of my hands. It was huge to
come through with the win and I was glad we could get Tommy the 'W' after the
O'Flaherty came on in the eighth and immediately got into trouble by walking
Lombardozzi and Harper, but he recovered by getting Ryan Zimmerman to ground
into a double play and Adam LaRoche to fly out to preserve the Braves' lead.
Kimbrel entered in the ninth and blew away Michael Morse, Ian Desmond and
Danny Espinosa on strikes to end game.
Earlier, Washington opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the first
inning when Lombardozzi and Harper roped back-to-back solo shots over the wall
in right off Hanson for the 2-0 advantage.
Atlanta pulled within a run in the third to make it a 2-1 game. Prado started
the rally with a one-out single and after Freddie Freeman struck out, came
all the way around to score on a double into the right-center field gap by
Atlanta beat Washington for the first time this season and snapped a six-game
skid against the Nats dating back to last season...Washington fell to 16-9 at
home this season and 12-7 against the NL East, while the Braves improved to
5-11 in divisional play...Earlier on Sunday, Harper was named the National
League Rookie of the Month...Atlanta finished 1-for-7 with runners in scoring
position and stranded nine, while Washington was 0-for-5 with men in scoring
position and left five.
06/03 18:40:16 ET