National League Game Summary - Washington at Atlanta|
(Friday, September 14th)
Final Score: Atlanta 2, Washington 1
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Andrelton Simmons scored the game-winning run
in the bottom of the ninth after Ian Desmond's throw home was off target as
the Atlanta Braves edged the Washington Nationals, 2-1, on Friday.
Simmons opened the inning with an infield single and moved to third on a
Michael Bourn single. Tyler Pastornicky then cued a grounder to Desmond at
short, but his throw sailed past Kurt Suzuki at the plate and Simmons scored
Simmons finished the game 2-for-3 and drove in a run for the Braves, who
snapped a three-game skid.
Craig Kimbrel (2-1) earned the win after striking out the side in the ninth.
Kris Medlen started for Atlanta and allowed one run on five hits and struck
out a career-high 13 batters.
"My two-seamer felt great tonight. The ones to the lefties really came back
low for me," Medlen said. "Even the ones I threw, I threw a couple to the
righties, they kind of froze them. I don't know, its just one of those nights
where everything felt that it was working for me."
Sean Burnett (1-2) was charged with the loss after giving up the winning run
in the ninth.
"It was one of those games. Can't really hang your head too much. A tight
game, both teams battled, they were able to push one across at the end,"
Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth said. "It seemed like they kind of bled
us to death at the end there. It was tough spot. But all and all, we'll come
back tomorrow and play our game. We got a lot of big games coming the rest of
the way and there's nothing to be discouraged about."
Atlanta broke a scoreless tie in the fourth when Freddie Freeman scored on
Simmons' sacrifice fly to right field. Freeman opened the frame with a double
to left field before moving to third on a David Ross ground out.
With a runner on first in the fifth inning Jason Heyward lifted a fly ball
deep to left field, but Roger Bernadina made a spectacular catch as he
collided with the wall, robbing Heyward of an extra-base hit and potentially
saving a run.
Bernadina was shaken up on the play, but remained in the game.
Bryce Harper knotted things up with a lead off homer in the sixth inning. It
was the rookie's 19th of the season.
Medlen hasn't lost in his last 25 starts dating back to May 31, 2009 ...The
Braves are 23-4 in Medlen's 27 career starts, and 9-0 this season ... Ross
Detwiler started for the Nats. He allowed one run on seven hits and one walk
while striking out five over six innings.
09/15 00:27:23 ET