The Atlanta Braves earned a series win over the Washington Nationals with a rain-shortened 6-2 win Sunday at Turner Field.
The Braves got themselves off to a good start when Jace Peterson drove home Matt Kemp in the second inning to put them in front 1-0. Atlanta added two more runs in the fourth on run scoring hits from Dansby Swanson and Adonis Garcia.
Washington finally got on the board against Atlanta starter Matt Wisler in the sixth as Jayson Werth doubled home Trea Turner in a downpour to cut the lead to 3-1. The umpiring crew then called for the tarp and the game entered it’s first rain delay of the day with two outs in the sixth inning.
Ian Krol replaced Wisler following the delay and allowed a bloop double to Bryce Harper to cut the lead to 3-2. Krol then hit Clint Robinson with a pitch and was replaced by Chaz Roe who retired Wilson Ramos to end the threat.
The Braves went right back to work in the bottom half of the inning. Swanson walked to lead off the frame and advanced to second after a pinch hit single by Emilio Bonifacio. Ender Inciarte moved both runners up with a bunt before Garcia drove in both with a line drive single to left to extend the lead to 5-2. Freddie Freeman followed with a double to the left center gap to score Garcia to make the score 6-2.
The game was halted again with two outs in the seventh inning and was eventually called after another lengthy delay as storms continued to move through the Atlanta area.
Wisler earns his seventh win of the season after allowing five hits and two runs over 5 2⁄3 innings of work. He struck out two and didn’t walk a batter and threw just 66 pitches. Joe Ross takes the loss but looked strong in his first start since July due to shoulder inflammation. Ross allowed six hits and one run over three innings while striking out five.
The Braves will now head to New York where they will open a three-game set on Monday.