Washington 5, Atlanta 4

Boxscore | Recap
Friday, June 29, 2012 7:35 PM
Location - Turner Field
Temperature - 101°
Umpires - Home Plate - Ted Barrett, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Brian Runge,
Attendance - 32299

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Washington 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 5 15 1
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 4 7 2

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Washington 44-31 20-14 24-17 W1
Atlanta 40-36 17-19 23-17 L2

Recap


Nationals 5, Braves 4:
Michael Morse went 4-for-4 and blasted a tie-breaking homer in the eighth as visiting Washington won the opening game of a weekend series.

The Nationals blew a 4-0 lead, but nonetheless extended their lead on Atlanta in the NL East to 4 1/2 games. Washington finished with 15 hits, improving to 4-0 at Turner Field on the season.

After the Braves scored four times in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game, Morse greeted Atlanta reliever Chad Durbin (3-1) by belting the first pitch of the eighth into the right-field seats for his third homer.

Washington reliever Sean Burnett (1-1) earned the victory in relief. Starter Ross Detwiler allowed five hits and four runs in 6 2/3 innings, but things fell apart in the seventh with the Nationals leading 4-0.

Pinch hitter Martin Prado singled home Freddie Freeman, and Michael Bourn’s sacrifice fly plated Jack Wilson to cut Atlanta’s deficit to 4-2. Andrelton Simmons then tied the game at 4-4 with his third homer of the season, a two-run shot to left.

Detwiler singled home Morse in the second to give Washington a 1-0 lead. The Nationals took advantage of two Atlanta errors in the third, and Ian Desmond drove in Adam LaRoche and Morse with a single to left to make it 3-0.

Jesus Flores hit his third homer of the season in the fourth, a solo shot to push Washington’s lead to 4-0.

Atlanta starter Randall Delgado struggled, allowing seven hits and four runs (two earned) with three strikeouts.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Washington closer Tyler Clippard pitched the ninth for his 13th save. ... First-pitch temperature at Turner Field was 101 degrees. … Atlanta 2B Dan Uggla, mired in a month-long slump, did not start Friday for the first time all season. … Washington won for the third time in four games.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Washington   Atlanta
Ross Detwiler Player Randall Delgado
No Decision W/L No Decision
6.2 IP 4.0
1 Strikeouts 3
5 Hits 8
5.40 ERA 4.50
Hitting
Washington   Atlanta
Michael Morse Player Martin Prado
4 Hits 1
1 RBI 1
1 HR 0
7 TB 1
1.000 Avg 1.000

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Washington 15 2 23 .375 16 10 5 1 0 1
Atlanta 7 1 12 .219 17 3 4 2 0 2

Upcoming Games

  • Atlanta will play their next game at home against Washington. The Braves have a W/L % of .600 after a win and .444 after a loss.
  • Washington will play their next game on the road against Atlanta. The Nationals have a W/L % of .628 after a win and .531 after a loss.