Final Score: Washington 2, Atlanta 1
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Ian Desmond led off the bottom of the
seventh inning with a tiebreaking home run to help the Washington Nationals
avoid a three-game sweep with a 2-1 win over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday at
With the game tied 1-1 in the seventh, Desmond jumped on a first-pitch
fastball from Atlanta starter Alex Wood and sent it deep into the seats in
left field to break the deadlock.
"That was probably the worst pitch I threw all day and he made me pay," Wood
said of the pitch Desmond drove over the left-field wall.
Jerry Blevins (1-0), who picked up the final two outs in the seventh in relief
of starter Taylor Jordan, then got Freddie Freeman to fly out to start the
eighth before Tyler Clippard retired the next two Braves in order to maintain
Washington's one-run edge.
Atlanta made things interesting with a pair of two-out singles in the ninth
against Rafael Soriano, but the Washington closer responded by striking out
Jason Heyward to secure his first save the season.
Anthony Rendon registered one of Washington's four hits and scored the team's
other run, while Jordan allowed just one run on six hits and two walks over 6
1/3 innings of work.
"I'm impressed with the way he went about it," Washington manager Matt
Williams said of Jordan's effort. "He got into a couple of jams, but used his
sinker to get out of it."
Wood (1-1), meanwhile, was charged for two runs on four hits with four
strikeouts over seven strong frames in the loss. Dan Uggla drove in the lone
run for the Braves, who had won four straight.
Washington pushed a run across against Wood in its first turn at-bat, as
Rendon and Kevin Frandsen opened the frame with consecutive singles.
Jayson Werth followed with a bouncer back up the middle that Uggla fielded
with his backhand on the shortstop side of second base. However, Uggla's off-
balance throw short-hopped Freeman at first and trickled toward the outfield,
allowing Rendon to race home for a 1-0 lead.
After Adam LaRoche flied out to left, Desmond slapped a slow roller down the
third-base line that Chris Johnson barehanded before firing to first to retire
Desmond. Williams came out of the Washington dugout to challenge the call, but
after video review, the umpires ruled the throw beat Desmond.
Wood induced a soft groundout from Danny Espinosa to escape the frame with
runners on second and third.
Atlanta, meanwhile, stranded runners on first and second in the second and
then left the bases loaded in the fourth before finally breaking through in
Freeman started the frame with a single and moved to third on Johnson's double
into the left-field corner before scoring two batters later on Uggla's
sacrifice fly to the warning track in left-center field.
Atlanta hasn't given up more than two runs in any game this season ...
Washington third baseman Ryan Zimmerman was held out of the starting lineup
after leaving Saturday's tilt due to pain in his right shoulder. He struck out
in a pinch-hit appearance ... Prior to the game, the Nationals placed
outfielder Scott Hairston on the 15-day disabled list and recalled
infielder/outfielder Tyler Moore from Triple-A Syracuse ... Atlanta will open
its home slate on Tuesday when it starts a three-game set with the Mets ...
The Nationals begin a three-game home set against the Marlins on Tuesday ...
Atlanta went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on
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