The Atlanta Braves defeated the Washington Nationals 2-1 on Tuesday, for their 12th straight win. The win increases the Braves lead in the NL East to 14.5 games.
The game started with a scare as Jason Heyward was hurt after fouling a ball off. Heyward finished the at bat but was later replaced in the outfield by Evan Gattis. Heyward was later diagnosed with a strained neck and is listed day-to-day.
Evan Gattis came through for the Braves in the 5th inning. Gattis’ single proved to be the game winner as it brought home 2 runs. Andrelton Simmons and B.J. Upton both scored on the single by Gattis. The Braves then led the Nationals 2-1 and would not look back.
In the bottom of the 5th, Teheran would make Bryce Harper pay for admiring his home run in the 3rd inning. Teheran hit Harper, and Harper reacted with a few choice words towards Teheran. Both benches cleared but it did not go any further.
The Braves bullpen continued to own the Nationals lineup on Tuesday night. Including Tuesday’s game, the Nationals have not scored a single run off the Braves pen. That trend continued as Luis Avilan, Jordan Walden, and Craig Kimbrel shut down the Nationals in the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings. The save by Kimbrel was his 25th straight.
Julio Teheran continued his form as the Braves “unofficial” ace. He only gave up 4 hits in 6 innings pitched against the Nats. The home run by Harper was the only run he gave up, as he got the win. The win improved Teheran to 9-5 this season.
Evan Gattis: 1-3, 2 RBI
Gattis was not scheduled to play on Tuesday, but entered after the Heyward injury. His single in the 5th inning gave the Braves the only 2 runs they would need.
B.J. Upton had a good day as well. He was 2-4 at the plate and showed off the speed Braves fans were looking forward too during the off-season. He had no problem stealing 2 bases off of Nationals catcher, Wilson Ramos.
The Braves have won 12 straight and are now tied with the Pirates for the best record in the NL. Though the Braves streak has given them a winning road record, it would be huge for the Braves to finish with the NL best record.
Tomorrow night it is Kris Medlen (8-10, 3.85) against Jordan Zimmerman (13-6, 3.06). Zimmerman had a great first half for the Nationals, but has since cooled off a bit. The Braves will be looking for their 13th straight win and their 4th straight series sweep.