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Nationals score 3 runs in 11th, beat Braves 4-1

By CHARLES ODUM
AP Sports Writer
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ATLANTA (AP) A long rain delay and extra innings tested the Washington Nationals' mental and physical strength.

Matt Williams said he was impressed his NL East-leading team finally found a way to win.

Wilson Ramos' bases-loaded single sparked Washington's three-run 11th inning, and the Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 4-1 on Saturday night.

The start of the game was delayed by 3 hours, 41 minutes, and the final out wasn't recorded until Sunday at 2:29 a.m.

''Considering all that happened today and the way we had to fight through the last couple of days, it was pretty good for us,'' Williams said. ''We fought all the way.''

It was the Braves' ninth loss in 10 games. The Nationals increased their lead in the division over Atlanta to 4 1/2 games.

Anthony Rendon and Adam LaRoche led off the 11th with singles against David Carpenter (4-2). After left fielder Justin Upton made a leaping catch of Ian Desmond's liner, James Russell walked Bryce Harper to load the bases.

Ramos then drove in Rendon with a single up the middle off Anthony Vavaro, Atlanta's third pitcher of the inning. Devin Frandsen's double to right field drove in two runs to make it 4-1.

Ramos was initially ruled safe at home on the play, but the call was overturned following a replay challenge by Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez.

Tyler Clippard (7-2) pitched a scoreless 10th inning, and Rafael Soriano got three outs for his 26th save in 30 chances.

The Braves, who snapped an eight-game losing streak Friday night with a 7-6 win over the Nationals, were frustrated by leaving 11 runners on base. More offensive struggles wasted a strong start by Aaron Harang, who allowed one run in seven innings.

''It's tough, especially against a team that we know we're trying to make up ground on,'' Harang said.

LaRoche's homer in the sixth gave Washington a 1-0 lead, but the Braves tied it in the bottom half.

Washington's Tanner Roark and Harang opened with five scoreless innings before LaRoche led off the sixth with his 16th homer.

The Braves settled for one run after loading the bases with no outs in the sixth. Tommy La Stella scored on Jason Heyward's broken-bat fly ball to shallow center field.

Roark also lasted seven innings, allowing one run, six hits and three walks.

BOOS FOR BRYCE

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, booed consistently by Braves fans, might have tried to send a message back to the fans by scraping his cleat over the Atlanta ''A'' carved into the dirt behind the batter's box, as if trying to scuff it. Fans responded with more boos.

SPAN THE MAN

Denard Span's fifth-inning triple gave him a 13-game hitting streak. He has reached base in 35 consecutive games, a streak that began on June 28.

ALUMNI SOFTBALL

Newly inducted Hall of Famer Greg Maddux, and Chipper Jones were among the former Braves players who played in a legends softball game. Jones, wearing shorts and striped socks, homered in his first at-bat. Maddux settled for a double. John Rocker and Ryan Klesko were among other players to easily clear the short fence for homers.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: Right fielder Jayson Werth was scratched from the lineup as he continues to be slowed by a sore right ankle and right shoulder. He walked as a pinch-hitter in the 11th and should start on Sunday night, according to Williams. ... Outfielder Steven Souza, who hurt his shoulder in a collision with the right-field wall and left Friday's game, entered as a pinch-runner for Werth.

Braves: Shortstop Andrelton Simmons' sprained left ankle is improving. Gonzalez said Simmons might play by Tuesday. Simmons was no longer wearing a soft cast, but had the ankle wrapped. ... Right-hander Shae Simmons, on the disabled list with a right shoulder strain since July 27, said he ''felt really good today'' throwing in the outfield. He still hasn't thrown off a mound.

UP NEXT

Nationals: Left-hander Gio Gonzalez will try to end a streak of four straight losses in his last five starts at Turner Field on Sunday night. He won his first two career starts in Atlanta before a long string of bad luck. Gonzalez has received one run of support in each of his last five starts in Atlanta.

Braves: Left-hander Alex Wood will look for his first win since July 20. Wood is 0-2 in his last three starts, dropping him to 7-9 with a 3.20 ERA for the season. Wood is 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA in two starts against Washington this season.

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Players of the Game
Atlanta

F. Freeman
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Washington

A. LaRoche
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Denard Span, CF6020012.305.359.406
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B4010111.245.306.380
Anthony Rendon, 3B4110103.278.333.467
Adam LaRoche, 1B5231001.276.375.462
Ian Desmond, SS5000013.241.295.415
Bryce Harper, RF4120122.254.341.371
Wilson Ramos, C5011014.291.338.407
Kevin Frandsen, LF5012001.233.282.296
Tanner Roark, P3000000.111.111.111
   Matt Thornton, P0000000.000.000.000
   Drew Storen, P0000000.000.000.000
   a-Scott Hairston, PH1000010.236.279.345
   Tyler Clippard, P0000000.000.000.000
   b-Jayson Werth, PH0000100.280.366.431
   Steven Souza, PR0000000.083.154.083
   Rafael Soriano, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals42411447    
a-struck out for Storen in the 10th
b-walked for Clippard in the 11th
Batting
2B - Kevin Frandsen (7, Varvaro)
3B - Denard Span (6, Harang)
HR - Adam LaRoche (16, Harang)
RBI - Adam LaRoche (60), Wilson Ramos (28), Kevin Frandsen 2 (11)
SB - Ian Desmond (13, 2nd base off Harang/Gattis)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - LaRoche-Desmond-Roark, LaRoche-Desmond-Roark-Roark-Rendon-A. Cabrera
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tanner Roark 7611360 2.86
Matt Thornton 1100000 2.30
Drew Storen 1100110 1.67
Tyler Clippard (W,7-2) 1000100 1.62
Rafael Soriano (S,26) 1100020 1.79
IBB - Pena by Drew Storen
Pitches-Strikes - Tanner Roark 110-70, Matt Thornton 15-11, Drew Storen 16-9, Tyler Clippard 21-11, Rafael Soriano 13-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tanner Roark 8-5, Matt Thornton 1-2, Drew Storen 1-1, Tyler Clippard 1-2
Batters Faced - Tanner Roark 28, Matt Thornton 4, Drew Storen 5, Tyler Clippard 4, Rafael Soriano 4
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
B.J. Upton, CF5000033.209.278.329
Tommy La Stella, 2B4110100.288.365.365
Freddie Freeman, 1B4030101.288.375.482
Justin Upton, LF3000202.279.351.499
Jason Heyward, RF4001004.269.355.393
Evan Gattis, C5010032.274.330.509
Chris Johnson, 3B5010023.273.296.381
Emilio Bonifacio, SS5030010.282.324.371
Aaron Harang, P2000001.070.091.070
   a-Ryan Doumit, PH1000000.200.238.296
   Jordan Walden, P0000000.000.000.000
   Craig Kimbrel, P0000000.000.000.000
   b-Ramiro Pena, PH0000100.217.291.322
   David Carpenter, P0000000.000.000.000
   James Russell, P0000000.000.000.000
   Anthony Varvaro, P0000000.000.000.000
   c-Phil Gosselin, PH1000001.231.231.231
Totals3919159    
a-popped out for Harang in the 7th
b-was walked intentionally for Kimbrel in the 9th
c-flied out for Varvaro in the 11th
Batting
2B - Freddie Freeman (31, Roark)
SF - Jason Heyward (2)
RBI - Jason Heyward (44)
SB - Emilio Bonifacio (17, 2nd base off Storen/Ramos)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - B.J. Upton 1
DP - Upton-Bonifacio
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Aaron Harang 7711221 3.31
Jordan Walden 1000010 2.29
Craig Kimbrel 1000010 1.96
David Carpenter (L,4-2) 1.1222020 4.10
James Russell 0011100 3.68
Anthony Varvaro 0.2200110 3.00
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 103-64, Jordan Walden 10-6, Craig Kimbrel 15-9, David Carpenter 19-15, James Russell 5-1, Anthony Varvaro 12-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 8-10
Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 29, Jordan Walden 3, Craig Kimbrel 3, David Carpenter 6, James Russell 1, Anthony Varvaro 4
Game Information
Attendance - 36832
Game Time - 3:38
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Will Little, Third Base - Gerry Davis