Final Score: Atlanta 6, Washington 3
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Justin Upton had three hits for the second
straight night and B.J. Upton went deep for the first time this season as the
Atlanta Braves downed the Washington Nationals, 6-3, to take the first two
games of a three-game set from Turner Field.
The Upton brothers went a combined 5-for-9 with three runs scored behind Alex
Wood (2-1), who struck out eight and allowed just one run in five innings of
work. Evan Gattis and Freddie Freeman had three hits apiece, with Freeman
also going deep for Atlanta.
"It was definitely a pretty weird game from a lot of aspects, but somehow I
managed to get through five," said Wood. "Don't ask me how and if I could do
it that way again, but we made it through and came out with the victory
Anthony Rendon led off the game with a home run for Washington, which
hit just 1-for-16 with runners in scoring position. Starter Taylor Jordan
(0-1) scattered five runs on 10 hits over five frames.
"We're two really good teams, but at the same time they've been coming out on
top," said Nationals utility man Kevin Frandsen. "We need to change that."
Trailing 1-0, Atlanta batted around in the home half of the first, getting
three RBI hits with two outs. B.J. Upton knotted the score at 1-1 with his
blast to center.
Freeman then singled and scored on Justin Upton's double to left. Upton came
around on Dan Uggla's single, and Gattis found the gap in left-center for an
RBI double. Andrelton Simmons walked to put two on for Wood, who grounded
back to Jordan to finally end the frame.
Uggla plated Justin Upton with a single to left in the fifth, and Atlanta
loaded the bases when Gattis followed with a single and Simmons reached on
Nate McLouth's dropped a fly ball in right. Jordan avoided further damage,
however, striking out pinch-hitter Ryan Doumit and Jason Heyward.
Anthony Varvaro took over for Wood in the sixth inning and allowed Ian Desmond
to score on a wild pitch for a 5-2 score, and Sandy Leon singled home Desmond
in the eighth. Freeman's solo shot in the bottom of the stanza resulted in the
final margin, as Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless ninth for his fifth save of
Uggla had two hits and two RBI ... Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman
hurt his thumb sliding into second base in the fifth inning and left the
game. He is expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks ... Desmond had two of Washington's
three errors at shortstop ... Washington has lost two in a row on the heels of
four straight wins.
04/13 01:23:09 ET
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