Acuna, Braves slip past Nationals
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[July 20, 2019]
Ronald Acuna Jr. had three hits
and scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth on a single by
Josh Donaldson as the Atlanta Braves beat the Washington Nationals
4-3 on Friday.
Acuna led off the ninth with a walk off Fernando Rodney (0-3), who
then gave up a single to Dansby Swanson and walked Freddie Freeman
to load the bases with no outs. Donaldson then singled to deep left
field on a 2-0 fastball.
Victor Robles hit a two-run homer with two outs in the top of the
ninth off Braves closer Luke Jackson to tie the game at 3-3. The
blast also scored Ryan Zimmerman, who had singled with one out.
Jackson (5-2) was credited with the win when the Braves rallied in
the next half-inning.
The Braves had lost their past three games. Washington had won 14 of
18 games after taking the first game of the series Thursday.
Atlanta led 2-0 before Washington's Anthony Rendon hit an RBI single
in the sixth against Atlanta starter Julio Teheran. He drove in
Gerardo Parra, who had delivered a pinch-hit single and gone to
third on a bloop single by Adam Eaton.
The Braves took out Teheran and brought in lefty Jerry Blevins to
face Soto with runners on first and third. Blevins got Soto to pop
out on the second pitch to end the threat.
Acuna then had an RBI double in the last of the sixth to make it
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Braves center fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (13) hits a single against
the Washington Nationals in the third inning at SunTrust Park.
Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Freddie Freeman's RBI single in the fifth drove in Acuna, who had
reached on a single and stolen second, to give the Braves a two-run
lead against Washington starter Patrick Corbin.
Ozzie Albies had a two-out double in the fourth and then scored when
Austin Riley followed with a double to left to make it 1-0.
Corbin went five-plus innings and gave up two runs on eight hits and
two walks. He struck out five.
Teheran gave up one run on four hits and no walks in 5 2/3 innings.
He fanned five.
The Braves left the bases loaded in the first as Albies struck out
against Corbin to end the threat.
--Field Level Media
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