National League Game Summary - Washington at Atlanta|
(Sunday, July 1st)
Final Score: Washington 8, Atlanta 4
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Ryan Zimmerman had three hits, including a solo
homer, and knocked in four runs Sunday as the Nationals beat the Braves 8-4 in
the rubber match of a three-game series, getting All-Star pitcher Gio Gonzalez
his 11th win.
Zimmerman's first two RBI came during a four-run first inning and the last in
a two-run ninth, propelling the Nationals to their sixth win in eight games
against the Braves this season.
Gonzalez (11-3) left after walking the first two hitters in the fifth and
giving up a three-run homer to Freddie Freeman that got Atlanta within 6-4,
but still picked up his sixth straight win on the road.
He threw 114 pitches despite a game-time temperature of 101 degrees -- the
third game in a row in the series that started in triple-degree heat.
Fellow Nats starter Stephen Strasburg left Saturday's loss after just three
innings because of heat exhaustion.
"It was a hot one out there," said Gonzalez. "I remembered coming in talking
to Stras a little bit and I was telling him I know how you felt. It's just one
of those things. It's just hard to go out there and try to overcome it."
Braves starter Tim Hudson (6-4) allowed six runs -- five earned -- on eight
hits and two walks while striking out four in six innings.
The teams combined had five players named to the NL All-Star team on Sunday
and three more added to the ballot for the final fan vote.
Gonzalez and Strasburg were elected by the players and Ian Desmond was a
manager's choice. Bryce Harper is a candidate for the final fan vote.
Braves second baseman Dan Uggla was voted in as a starter while closer Craig
Kimbrel was player-elected. Chipper Jones and Michael Bourn are candidates for
the final vote.
"It's a huge honor to represent the National League," said Uggla. "The fans
thought I was deserving enough to start. I'm going to play my best and have a
The first three Nationals batters got hits to spark their four-run first.
Steve Lombardozzi doubled, Harper singled and both runners came home on
Zimmerman's double over the head of the center fielder Bourn. Zimmerman
eventually scored on Adam LaRoche's sacrifice fly before Desmond drew a two-
out walk and scored when Rick Ankiel's single got past Bourn in center for an
Gonzalez walked Hudson on four pitches to load the bases in the second but
escaped further trouble. The Braves struck for a run in the third, however,
after Jason Heyward singled and scored on Jones' double.
Zimmerman cracked a hanging curveball deep over the left field wall in the
fifth for his sixth homer of the season, and Jhonatan Solano singled home
Desmond in the sixth to make it 6-1 Washington.
But Gonzalez walked Jones and Uggla to start the bottom of the sixth, then
threw a fastball over the meat of the plate that Freeman knocked into the
right-center field seats for his 10th homer, getting the Braves within 6-4.
The bullpens locked it down from there until Zimmerman's RBI single off Jonny
Venters in the ninth. Another run scored on Tyler Moore's ground out against
"I'm starting to feel better. I'm feeling a lot healthier," said Zimmerman,
who missed 60 games last year after undergoing abdominal surgery. "Obviously
the past two days (my) confidence has been getting going a little bit. So I
just gotta keep that momentum going and keep going hard."
Tyler Clippard got three straight ground ball outs in the ninth for the Nats.
Gonzalez is 2-1 against the Braves this season. He hasn't lost on the road
since April 29 against the Dodgers...The Nats' fourth run in the first inning
was their 5,000th since moving from Montreal...Hudson fell to 148-6 when given
four or more runs while he's still on the mound (he came out after six but
Freeman's homer still counted for his total)...The Nats went 5-5 on a 10-game
road trip. They return home for six in a row starting Tuesday against the
Giants...The Braves are 3-3 on a 10-game homestand that ends with four against
the Cubs starting Monday.
07/01 17:51:11 ET