ATLANTA – Adam Duvall drove in three runs on two hits and the Atlanta Braves converted a receiver interference into a three-run rally to beat the Washington Nationals 8-4 on Friday night for their fourth straight victory.
The Braves matched their longest winning streak of the season and are one game behind the National League East leader Philadelphia, who beat the New York Mets 4-2 to move to the division lead. Atlanta is a half game behind the Mets.
The Nationals have lost five in a row.
Freddie Freeman had three hits, including a two-run single in the eighth, and scored two runs.
Dansby Swanson surpassed an infield single to propel the lead run in Atlanta’s fifth of three runs. Austin Riley had two hits and led one run.
The Nationals led 3-2 with two outs in the fifth before the receiver’s interference call changed the momentum to the Braves. Jorge Soler was awarded first base after his bat hit the glove of Washington catcher Tres Barrera.
The jamming call sparked a four-hitter series by the Braves off Erick Fedde. After a single from the opposite field to Freeman’s left field, Austin Riley’s single down the middle tied the game. Swanson’s infield hit to third base pushed Freeman, and Duvall’s double at the third base line pushed the lead to 5-3.
Duvall’s two-run single in the first gave Atlanta the early lead.
Fedde (4-8) has lost four consecutive decisions since his last win on June 12. He allowed five runs, four earned, on eight hits and one walk in 4 2/3 innings.
Atlanta rookie Kyle Muller allowed three runs in 4 2/3 innings. Muller allowed only two hits but was wild, with two walks, three wild pitches and one hitter. Edgar Santana (2-0) recorded the final out in the fifth.
Fedde’s sacrifice fly in the fifth pushed Gerardo Parra for a 3-2 lead and his first RBI. Parra was hit by a pitch from Muller before going to second on a wild pitch and stealing third.
Braves: C Travis d’Arnaud, out since May 2 due to a sprained left thumb, is nearing his return. He caught the second of consecutive games for Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday night and is scheduled to be with Gwinnett through Sunday. RHP Huascar Ynoa (broken right hand) pitched to d’Arnaud on Friday.
Nationals: OF Juan Soto resisted. Manager Dave Martinez said Soto “hurt his right knee” while running the bases Thursday night against Philadelphia. Martinez let Soto test the knee in pregame warm-ups before taking the outfielder out of the lineup. “I don’t think there is a big concern, but we want to make sure he’s okay,” Martinez said.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
Nationals: Rookie RHP Josiah Gray will make his second start for Washington following his trade from the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 30. Gray allowed one run in five innings but was left without a decision in a 7-5 loss to the Phillies in his Nationals debut on July 30. Monday.
Braves: RHP Charlie Morton (10-4, 3.69) won his only start in 2021 against the Nationals, allowing three runs in five innings in a 5-3 win on May 31 at Atlanta.
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