National League Game Summary - Atlanta at Washington|
(Tuesday, August 21st)
Final Score: Washington 4, Atlanta 1
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Jesus Flores hit a three-run homer and
Stephen Strasburg tossed six solid innings, as the Washington Nationals
extended their lead in the NL East with a 4-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves.
Ian Desmond added a solo homer for the Nationals, who have won the first two
games of this three-game series to build a seven-game lead in the division.
"The job isn't finished. It's still August," Strasburg said of the seven-game
lead. "We're still focused, we're still trying to win as many games as we can,
so we got another opportunity tomorrow."
Strasburg (15-5) gave up one run on four hits while striking out 10 for
Washington. The 24-year-old has won four straight starts.
Freddie Freeman knocked in the lone run for the Braves, who have lost four in
Paul Maholm (11-8) allowed four runs on seven hits over seven innings to take
"We have to take care of our business and come in tomorrow and expect to win,"
Desmond's homer to left in the second gave the Nationals a 1-0 lead.
The game was delayed by 51 minutes in the top of the third due to rain.
Washington tacked on three more runs in the fifth to make it a 4-0 game. Adam
LaRoche singled and Desmond doubled to start the inning. After Danny Espinosa
struck out swinging, Flores hit a three-run homer to left.
The Braves managed to get one run back in the sixth. Martin Prado doubled to
right, moved to third on Jason Heyward's single and raced home on Freeman's
Atlanta failed to score after putting men on the corners with no outs. Heyward
singled, stole second and moved to third when Freeman reached base on Tyler
Clippard's fielding error. But Clippard settled down and retired the next
three batters to pick up his 28th save of the season.
The Nationals improved to 10-4 against the Braves this season ... Heyward had
three hits ... Atlanta went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position and
stranded six ... The Nationals have won 20 straight games in which they have
hit at least one homer ... Maholm has struggled in 10 career meetings with
Washington, going 1-6.
08/22 01:13:10 ET