National League Game Summary - Atlanta at Washington|
(Wednesday, August 22nd)
Final Score: Atlanta 5, Washington 1
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Martin Prado knocked in two runs, Kris
Medlen tossed seven scoreless innings and the Atlanta Braves beat the
Washington Nationals, 5-1, to avoid a three-game sweep.
Medlen (5-1) allowed seven hits while striking out seven and walking one for
the Braves, who snapped a four-game skid. Atlanta has won the last 16 games
that Medlen has started, dating to May 2010. The streak is the longest in
"He's not a big guy, but he walks out there like, 'I know I can get you out.'
He's got a few different ways to do it," Braves third baseman Chipper Jones
David Ross and Michael Bourn had an RBI apiece in the ninth for Atlanta.
Michael Morse drove in the lone run for the National League East-leading
Nationals, who hold a six-game lead over the Braves in the division.
"We try to take two of three every time we play," Nationals third baseman Ryan
Zimmerman said. "It was a good job this series, but we have to put it behind us
and go to the next."
Ross Detwiler (7-6) gave up two runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings to take
the loss. He fell to 6-2 at home this season.
It was a pitchers' duel for the first four innings, but Atlanta broke through
in the fifth. Tyler Pastornicky reached base on a fielder's choice and Medlen
followed with a two-out walk. Prado then cleared the bases with a double to
The Nationals wasted a golden scoring opportunity in the sixth. Jayson Werth
hit a double past a diving Prado in left field, Zimmerman broke his bat on a
single to center and Morse walked to load the bases with one out. But
Adam LaRoche fouled out and Ian Desmond grounded into a fielder's choice to
end the threat.
With Medlen out of the game, Washington scored a run off Eric O'Flaherty in
the eighth. Bryce Harper led off with a single, advanced to second on
Zimmerman's groundout and scored on Morse's single. After LaRoche walked,
Desmond grounded into a double play to keep it 2-1.
The Braves tacked on three insurance runs in the ninth. Jones reached first
on third baseman Zimmerman's throwing error, moved to third on Freddie
Freeman's double and scored on Ross' sacrifice fly. Bourn followed with an RBI
single up the middle. He went to second on a wild pitch, stole third and raced
home on catcher Kurt Suzuki's throwing error.
Washington fell to 10-5 against Atlanta this season ... The game was
delayed by 29 minutes at the start due to rain ... Medlen is 4-0 in five
starts since joining the rotation ... Detwiler fell to 2-1 lifetime versus
Atlanta ... The Nationals went 4-2 on a six-game homestand.
08/23 01:27:05 ET