Atlanta 5, Washington 1

Boxscore | Recap
Sunday, September 16, 2012 8:05 PM
Location - Turner Field
Temperature - 79°
Umpires - Home Plate - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Fieldin Culbreth, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Marty Foster,
Attendance - 29094

Final Scoring Summary

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

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Washington 89-57 44-27 45-30 L3
Atlanta 84-63 43-32 41-31 W3

Recap


Braves 5, Nationals 1: Mike Minor allowed one run over six innings as host Atlanta completed a three-game sweep of NL East leader Washington, pulling the Braves within 5 ½ games of first place.

Atlanta, which extended its lead for the top NL wild-card spot to seven games over St. Louis, has won eight of its past 11. Minor (9-10) allowed just five hits and two walks with three strikeouts, helping the Braves keep Washington starter Gio Gonzalez (19-8) from becoming baseball’s first 20-game winner.

Michael Bourn went 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs for Atlanta. Ryan Zimmerman and Ian Desmond had two hits apiece for Washington, which has lost four of its past seven.

Chipper Jones’ RBI single and Freddie Freeman’s sacrifice fly in the third gave Minor a 2-0 lead. Bourn scored on Jason Heyward’s groundout in the seventh, and Dan Uggla added a two-run single in the inning.

Washington, which scored six runs in the series, pulled within 2-1 on Desmond’s sixth-inning RBI single. Gonzalez lasted five innings, allowing two runs on four hits with four walks and five strikeouts.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Freeman is hitting .471 (8-for-17) in his past five games. Four of his hits are extra-base hits (two doubles, one triple, one homer). … The Nationals open a seven-game homestand Tuesday with Los Angeles, while Atlanta begins a six-game road trip at Miami on Monday.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Washington   Atlanta
Gio Gonzalez Player Mike Minor
Loss W/L Win
5.0 IP 6.0
5 Strikeouts 3
4 Hits 5
3.60 ERA 1.50
Hitting
Washington   Atlanta
Ian Desmond Player Michael Bourn
2 Hits 1
1 RBI 0
0 HR 0
2 TB 1
.500 Avg .500

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Washington 6 0 7 .200 10 6 1 2 0 1
Atlanta 5 0 6 .179 16 7 5 6 0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Atlanta will play their next game on the road against Miami. The Braves have a W/L % of .639 after a win and .484 after a loss.
  • Washington will play their next game at home against LA Dodgers. The Nationals have a W/L % of .629 after a win and .579 after a loss.