National League Game Summary - Washington at Atlanta|
(Sunday, June 2nd)
Final Score: Atlanta 6, Washington 3
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Ramiro Pena and B.J. Upton each went deep while
Freddie Freeman drove in a pair of runs to help the Atlanta Braves take down
the Washington Nationals, 6-3, in the rubber match of a three-game set from
Justin Upton went 3-for-4 while Andrelton Simmons scored twice for Atlanta,
which improved to 24-3 this season when scoring first.
Paul Maholm (7-4) hurled six innings, allowing three runs -- two earned -- on
five hits while striking out four. Craig Kimbrel earned the save following two
perfect innings by Anthony Varvaro and Luis Avilan, giving Atlanta relievers
17 scoreless innings on this current homestand.
"The bullpen was for me, the whole series," said Braves manager Fredi
Gonzalez. "They've done their job and we've been able to add up some runs."
Ian Desmond recorded two of Washington's five hits, including his seventh home
run of the season.
Nathan Karns (0-1) took the loss after giving up four runs -- three earned --
on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings of work. The loss was the first decision in
"I'm continuing to grow up here," said Karns. "I'm able to become what is more
my game up h ere. It's just nice that I am making progress but I'm still not
The Nationals had gone five straight games without committing an error before
Ryan Zimmerman's throw on Simmons' grounder went wide of first base to open
the home half of the first inning. Pena unleashed a drive over the wall in
right field on the very next pitch to give the Braves an early 2-0 lead.
Washington tied the score a half inning later, taking advantage of a Braves
miscue in the process. Tyler Moore singled home Adam LaRoche for the first run
with men on the corners and no outs. Three batters later, Karns reached when
Maholm could not handle a toss from Freddie Freeman covering first. Ian
Desmond scored on the error.
B.J. Upton, whose 10th inning home run last night won the game for Atlanta,
went deep for the second time in as many games with a solo shot to left field
in the bottom of the second inning, giving the home team a 3-2 lead.
"Good for him," said Gonzalez. "His at-bats keep getting better and better and
better. That's the B.J. Upton that we want to see. It's good that he's coming
Brian McCann's single off Zach Duke, who replaced Karns in the fifth after the
Nationals starter put two on with two away, plated Justin Upton.
Desmond's solo home run in the top of the sixth brought Washington back within
a run, but Freeman extended the Braves lead to 6-3 a half inning later with
his two-RBI double to deep left field.
Atlanta improved to 7-3 against Washington this season ... McCann needs two
hits to reach 1,000 for his career ... Atlanta pitchers did not walk a batter
... The Nationals hit 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
06/02 18:43:47 ET