Washington at Atlanta

Freeman homers, collects three hits as Braves down Nats

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ATLANTA -- The Braves keep finding ways to beat the Nationals, who now must find a way to overcome a sudden wave of injuries.

Freddie Freeman had three hits, including a homer, and Atlanta beat Washington 6-3 on Saturday night to continue its early success against the Nationals.

Washington third baseman Ryan Zimmerman left the game with a broken right thumb and is expected to miss four to six weeks. Nationals leadoff hitter and center fielder Denard Span was placed on the seven-day disabled list before the game with a concussion.

"It is what it is. Nobody is going to feel sorry for us," manager Matt Williams said. "You've got to play."

B.J. Upton had two hits, including his first homer, and Dan Uggla drove in two runs with two hits for Atlanta.

After winning two of three at Washington in the opening week, the Braves have won the first two games of a weekend home series against their NL East rivals. Since the start of the 2013 season, Atlanta has won 17 of the last 24 games in the rivalry.

Braves left-hander Alex Wood (2-1) allowed one run on six hits and three walks in five innings. Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his fifth save.

Upton, who began the night hitting .135, and Uggla, batting .162, finally got untracked.

"It was good to see some of the guys start putting good at-bats together," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "B.J. had four good at-bats."

Justin Upton had three hits, including two doubles, to extend his tear at the plate. Evan Gattis also had three hits.

Washington starter Taylor Jordan (0-1) allowed five runs on 10 hits and two walks in five innings.

"I just wasn't hitting my spots, and they capitalized on that," Jordan said.

Washington's Anthony Rendon hit his second homer leading off the game.

Zimmerman was hurt diving back to the bag when he was picked off second base in the fifth.

"I think he did it on the bag," Williams said. "It's unfortunate, but we've got to step forward from here."

Following Zimmerman's exit, Rendon moved from second base to third and Danny Espinosa entered the game at second base.

"It's not our first choice, certainly, but the fact they can play multiple positions is good in times like this," Williams said.

Span had headaches following a collision on the basepath with Uggla on Friday night.

Right fielder Jayson Werth, who left Friday night's game with cramping in his groin, did not start. He had a pinch-hit infield single in the eighth following Sandy Leon's run-scoring single. Freeman's throwing error on Werth's hit left runners at first and third, but Rendon's fly to center ended the inning.

Washington's makeshift outfield included Bryce Harper in center, Kevin Frandsen in left and Nate McLouth in right.

After giving up Rendon's leadoff homer, Wood allowed at least two baserunners in each of his next four innings. He threw 103 pitches.

"Somehow I managed to get through five," Wood said, adding the pickoff of Zimmerman "was huge" because he was on the verge of being pulled from the game.

Williams used his replay challenge in the second inning after McLouth, credited with a sacrifice bunt, was called out at first base. The call by umpire Angel Hernandez stood following a video review.

Williams could have used his challenge two innings later when replays indicated first baseman Adam LaRoche snagged a liner by Freeman as Jason Heyward advanced from first to second. LaRoche stepped on the bag for an apparent double play, but the umpires huddled -- with Williams standing a few feet away -- and ruled the ball hit the ground before the catch was made.

McLouth was involved in another questionable call in the fifth when he dropped a flyball hit by Andrelton Simmons. Replays indicated McLouth made the catch and was transferring the ball to his glove when it fell to the ground, but Hernandez ruled it was not a catch. The call left the bases loaded, but Jordan escaped by striking out pinch-hitter Ryan Doumit and Heyward.

Right-hander Blake Treinen, called up from Triple-A Syracuse before the game, pitched two scoreless innings in his major league debut.


The Nationals also recalled OF Steven Souza Jr. and optioned RHP Blake Barrett to Syracuse. ... Gattis tied his career high with three hits. ... Justin Upton is 11 for 19 with three homers in the first five games of the homestand. ... The Nationals were charged with three errors, including two throwing miscues by SS Ian Desmond. ... The series ends Sunday when Atlanta RHP Aaron Harang faces LHP Gio Gonzalez.

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Wednesday's MLB winners and losers (0:41)
Washington Nationals
Anthony Rendon, 2B-3B4121112 .372
Nate McLouth, RF4010011 .154
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B2010110 .364
   Danny Espinosa, 2B2010001 .316
Adam LaRoche, 1B5000045 .317
Ian Desmond, SS4210123 .256
Bryce Harper, CF3010122 .275
Kevin Frandsen, LF3020101 .455
Sandy Leon, C4011004 .067
Taylor Jordan, P2000024 .000
   a-Tyler Moore, PH1000011 .000
   Blake Treinen, P0000000 .000
   b-Jayson Werth, PH1010000 .368
   Craig Stammen, P0000000 .000
a-struck out for Jordan in the 6th
b-singled for Treinen in the 8th
2B - Nate McLouth (1, Walden), Ryan Zimmerman (3, Wood), Ian Desmond (2, Carpenter)
HR - Anthony Rendon (2, Wood)
SH - Nate McLouth (1)
RBI - Anthony Rendon (9), Sandy Leon (1)
2-OUT RBI - Sandy Leon (1)
CS - Bryce Harper (2, 3rd base by Wood/Gattis)
PK - Ryan Zimmerman (1, Wood)
Team LOB - 11
E - Ian Desmond 2 (4, Throwing), Nate McLouth (2, Dropped fly)
Washington Nationals
Taylor Jordan (L,0-1) 51055251 4.76
Blake Treinen 2200010 0.00
Craig Stammen 1111011 1.23
IBB - Simmons by Taylor Jordan
Pitches-Strikes - Taylor Jordan 102-67, Blake Treinen 30-20, Craig Stammen 16-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Taylor Jordan 5-6, Blake Treinen 2-3
Batters Faced - Taylor Jordan 28, Blake Treinen 8, Craig Stammen 4
Atlanta Braves
Jason Heyward, RF4000113 .140
B.J. Upton, CF5121000 .167
Freddie Freeman, 1B5231002 .425
Chris Johnson, 3B5000043 .244
Justin Upton, LF4231000 .366
Dan Uggla, 2B4122012 .195
Evan Gattis, C4031000 .286
Andrelton Simmons, SS3000101 .290
Alex Wood, P2000002 .000
   a-Ryan Doumit, PH1000013 .143
   Anthony Varvaro, P0000000 .000
   Jordan Walden, P0000000 .000
   b-Jordan Schafer, PH1000000 .000
   David Carpenter, P0000000 .000
   Craig Kimbrel, P0000000 .000
a-struck out for Wood in the 5th
b-fouled out for Walden in the 7th
2B - Justin Upton 2 (2, Jordan), Evan Gattis (2, Jordan)
HR - B.J. Upton (1, Jordan), Freddie Freeman (3, Stammen)
RBI - B.J. Upton (1), Freddie Freeman (6), Justin Upton (6), Dan Uggla 2 (5), Evan Gattis (3)
2-OUT RBI - Freddie Freeman (2), Justin Upton (4), Dan Uggla (1), Evan Gattis (1)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Gattis-Simmons-Johnson
E - Freddie Freeman (1, Throwing)
Atlanta Braves
Alex Wood (W,2-1) 5611381 1.89
Anthony Varvaro 1011220 3.00
Jordan Walden (H,1) 1100020 4.50
David Carpenter (H,4) 1311010 5.40
Craig Kimbrel (S,5) 1100010 1.59
WP - Alex Wood (1), Anthony Varvaro (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Alex Wood 103-64, Anthony Varvaro 23-11, Jordan Walden 21-14, David Carpenter 24-16, Craig Kimbrel 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alex Wood 1-4, Anthony Varvaro 1-0, David Carpenter 1-1, Craig Kimbrel 1-1
Batters Faced - Alex Wood 22, Anthony Varvaro 5, Jordan Walden 4, David Carpenter 6, Craig Kimbrel 4
Game Information
Attendance - 36621
Game Time - 3:33
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Adrian Johnson