Braves beat Nationals 2-1 behind Anderson’s sturdy outing
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rookie Ian Anderson allowed one hit over seven scoreless innings and the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves held on to beat the Washington Nationals 2-1 on Saturday night time after nearer Mark Melancon escaped a bases-loaded jam within the ninth.
In his fourth profession begin, Anderson (3-0) allowed his solely hit when Asdrúbal Cabrera put a bunt down the third baseline. Anderson had a season-high 9 strikeouts, allowed three walks and retired the ultimate 12 batters he confronted.
Melancon earned his tenth save in 11 possibilities, getting Victor Robles to come out to proper discipline with the bases loaded.
After falling behind 5-0 in every of the primary two sport of the collection, Ronald Acuña Jr. had a single, a stolen base, and scored a run on a Marcell Ozuna single within the first inning as Atlanta by no means regarded again. Ozzie Albies’ two-out RBI single within the fourth pushed the Braves result in 2-0.
Adam Eaton got here in as a pinch hitter to guide off the eighth towards Braves reliever Shane Greene and received the Nationals’ second hit of the sport on a single to proper. He stole second after which scored on a two-out RBI double by Trea Turner.
Washington loaded the bases within the ninth on singles by Cabrera and Eric Thames, and an intentional stroll to Eaton, however Robles popped out to proper to finish the sport.
Atlanta has simply three shutout wins by 46 video games within the coronavirus-shortened season.
Nationals starter Patrick Corbin (2-5) allowed two runs on 9 hits whereas placing out eight. The left-hander has misplaced his final 5 choices, and last-place Washington has posted a 2-7 document in his begins in 2020.
Braves: LHP Cole Hamels (triceps tendinitis) is tentatively slated to make his first begin of the season on Wednesday in Baltimore. … Acuña Jr. was again on the prime of the Braves order after leaving Friday night time’s sport within the fourth inning after fouling a ball off his left foot. Acuña Jr. completed 1 for 4 with three strikeouts.
Nationals: Supervisor Dave Martinez mentioned RHP Tanner Rainey had foreman tightness and can have the following few days off after an MRI got here again destructive on Friday. … Martinez gave an replace on LHP Sean Doolittle, saying that his proper indirect pressure was vital and that possibly he might come again if Washington makes the postseason.
Braves: RHP Kyle Wright (0-4, 8.05 ERA) makes his fifth begin of the season within the collection finale Sunday. He has pitched past the fourth inning simply as soon as.
Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer (4-2, 3.40) tossed seven shutout innings and struck out eight in his final begin towards Tampa Bay on Sept. 7.
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