Sánchez blanks Braves, Nationals salvage series finale 7-0

WASHINGTON (AP) Anibal Sanchez has seen enough in 14 years in the majors to know when his team needs a lift.

He provided one Sunday, pitching seven sharp innings to help the Washington Nationals prevent a three-game sweep and beat the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves 7-0.

''I think that's what we needed right now,'' Sanchez said. ''I think every game we win right now is really important for us.''

Washington manager Dave Martinez left in the middle of the game. Bench coach Chip Hale, who took over for Martinez, said the second-year manager was not feeling well and was taken to a hospital for precautionary reasons. The Nationals anticipate he will rejoin the club in St. Louis for the start of a three-game series Monday.

''I know he'll be in St. Louis,'' Hale said. ''We're expecting him.''

Howie Kendrick homered and drove in three runs for Washington, which clinched its eighth winning season in a row. The Nationals held their position atop the NL wild card standings, remaining 1 1/2 games ahead of the Cubs and 2 1/2 games in front of Milwaukee.

Atlanta's magic number to clinch the NL East remained at four. The Braves were shut out for the fourth time, the fewest in the NL.

Sanchez (9-8) worked seven innings, scattering three hits and a walk while striking out three and not allowing a runner past second base. Coupled with Tuesday's seven innings of two-run ball at Minnesota, it was the first time this season Sanchez pitched more than six innings in consecutive starts.

Sanchez, who signed with the Nationals after spending last season with Atlanta, is 3-0 with a 3.41 ERA in five starts against the Braves. Washington, however, struggled against the division leaders, going 8-11 this season and only winning one series.

Seeking to tie Washington's Stephen Strasburg for the NL lead in victories, Atlanta's Max Fried instead had his shortest outing since May 7. He surrendered two-run singles to Yan Gomes in the second and Kendrick in the third.

''He actually made a really good pitch there and honestly, I was trying to foul it off and it just snapped my bat and I stayed through it and was able to get a hit there,'' Kendrick said. ''I never discount any of these guys. They're in the major leagues, so all the guys are good, but he's one of those special guys and he has great stuff. Today, he was just off.''

Fried exited with the bases loaded, and reliever Jeremy Walker immediately walked Victor Robles to force in a run.

Fried (16-6) allowed five runs on six hits and three walks in 2 1/3 innings as the Braves failed to complete their first sweep of the Nationals since 2014 and first sweep in Washington since 2013.

''I think it's just one of them days,'' Braves manager Brian Snitker said. ''I think he was trying like hell to make everything happen, and it just wasn't happening for him. He kind of lost it there.''

Kendrick added a solo shot off reliever Grant Dayton in the fifth. The 36-year-old has 15 homers on the season, his most since smashing a career-high 18 in 2011.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: INF/OF Charlie Culberson broke multiple facial bones when he was hit by a 91 mph pitch from Washington's Fernando Rodney on Saturday and will miss the rest of the season. He will not require surgery. ''It's probably about a best-case scenario, really,'' Snitker said. ''All the fractures and everything are not displaced. It's things that will heal. He's got to be careful for a while as far as his activity. But he'll be here with us, which is a really good thing.''

Nationals: C Kurt Suzuki (right elbow inflammation), who has not played since Sept. 7, has been swinging a bat but has yet to throw. Martinez said Suzuki will try to hit on the field Monday or Tuesday. ... 1B Matt Adams (AC sprain) remains day to day. Adams has not played since Thursday.

EARLY EXIT

Atlanta OF Matt Joyce was ejected by home plate umpire Bill Welke for arguing a called third strike in the fifth inning. It was his first ejection of the season and fifth of his career.

UP NEXT

Braves: Atlanta has Monday off. The Braves have not announced their starting pitcher for Tuesday's game against Philadelphia, the opener of a six-game homestand.

Nationals: Strasburg (17-6, 3.49 ERA), who is 3-2 with a 2.48 ERA in seven career starts against St. Louis, gets the ball Monday as Washington begins its final trip of the regular season.

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  • W: A. Sanchez (9-8)L: M. Fried (16-6)
  • HR: WAS - H. Kendrick (15)
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O. Albies 2B40000011.295.352.502.855-0.5
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J. Donaldson 3B40000002.262.384.534.9170.0
N. Markakis LF40100001.293.363.435.7981.0
M. Joyce RF20000010.294.408.469.877-0.5
R. Ortega RF10000001.203.272.284.5550.0
B. McCann C30100001.255.324.414.7391.0
D. Swanson SS30000011.251.327.434.761-0.5
M. Fried P10000000.208.276.283.5590.0
J. Walker P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- A. Duvall PH10000001.247.311.516.8270.0
G. Dayton P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Riley 1B10100000.239.293.494.7871.0
  • a-flied out for Wright in the 9th
  • b-flied out for Walker in the 5th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Turner SS41100120.294.354.473.8272.0
A. Eaton RF30000002.282.367.437.8040.0
A. Rendon 3B21100200.332.416.6251.0414.0
J. Soto LF31100121.296.406.575.9812.0
H. Kendrick 1B42331002.336.386.559.94511.0
B. Dozier 2B20000201.234.339.425.7642.0
V. Robles CF32210112.254.327.431.7586.5
Y. Gomes C40120014.211.309.360.6692.5
A. Sanchez P30100001.125.125.125.2501.0
H. Strickland P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- G. Parra PH10000000.217.280.353.6330.0
S. Doolittle P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-grounded out for Strickland in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - F. Freeman (33)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - O. Albies, J. Donaldson (41), N. Markakis, B. McCann, A. Duvall
BATTING
  • 2B - V. Robles (32)
  • HR - H. Kendrick (15)
  • SH - A. Eaton (8)
  • RBI - H. Kendrick 3 (60), V. Robles (59), Y. Gomes 2 (37)
  • 2-Out RBI - H. Kendrick (17)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Soto, V. Robles (54)
FIELDING
  • DP - 4 (Fried-Swanson-Albies; Swanson-Albies-Freeman; Riley-Swanson-Donaldson; Swanson-Albies-Riley)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Fried (L, 16-6)2.16553204.251.37-12.0
J. Walker1.20001001.931.392.0
G. Dayton1.01110112.891.501.5
A. Swarzak1.02111004.441.52-1.0
C. Sobotka1.01002106.281.640.5
K. Wright1.00000209.171.984.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Fried (L, 16-6)2.1
J. Walker1.2
G. Dayton1.0
A. Swarzak1.0
C. Sobotka1.0
K. Wright1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Sanchez (W, 9-8)7.03001303.861.2928.5
H. Strickland1.01000204.951.253.0
S. Doolittle1.00000003.991.333.0
PITCHERSIP
A. Sanchez (W, 9-8)7.0
H. Strickland1.0
S. Doolittle1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fried 65-34, J. Walker 22-10, G. Dayton 16-11, A. Swarzak 14-8, C. Sobotka 27-15, K. Wright 13-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fried 3-1, J. Walker 3-1, A. Swarzak 1-1, C. Sobotka 1-0, K. Wright 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Fried 15, J. Walker 5, G. Dayton 4, A. Swarzak 5, C. Sobotka 5, K. Wright 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 109-67, H. Strickland 19-10, S. Doolittle 14-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 8-10, H. Strickland 1-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 25, H. Strickland 4, S. Doolittle 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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O. Albies 2B40000011.295.352.502.855-0.5
F. Freeman 1B20100100.300.392.564.9563.0
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J. Donaldson 3B40000002.262.384.534.9170.0
N. Markakis LF40100001.293.363.435.7981.0
M. Joyce RF20000010.294.408.469.877-0.5
R. Ortega RF10000001.203.272.284.5550.0
B. McCann C30100001.255.324.414.7391.0
D. Swanson SS30000011.251.327.434.761-0.5
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G. Dayton P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-flied out for Wright in the 9th
  • b-flied out for Walker in the 5th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Turner SS41100120.294.354.473.8272.0
A. Eaton RF30000002.282.367.437.8040.0
A. Rendon 3B21100200.332.416.6251.0414.0
J. Soto LF31100121.296.406.575.9812.0
H. Kendrick 1B42331002.336.386.559.94511.0
B. Dozier 2B20000201.234.339.425.7642.0
V. Robles CF32210112.254.327.431.7586.5
Y. Gomes C40120014.211.309.360.6692.5
A. Sanchez P30100001.125.125.125.2501.0
H. Strickland P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- G. Parra PH10000000.217.280.353.6330.0
S. Doolittle P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-grounded out for Strickland in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - F. Freeman (33)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - O. Albies, J. Donaldson (41), N. Markakis, B. McCann, A. Duvall
BATTING
  • 2B - V. Robles (32)
  • HR - H. Kendrick (15)
  • SH - A. Eaton (8)
  • RBI - H. Kendrick 3 (60), V. Robles (59), Y. Gomes 2 (37)
  • 2-Out RBI - H. Kendrick (17)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Soto, V. Robles (54)
FIELDING
  • DP - 4 (Fried-Swanson-Albies; Swanson-Albies-Freeman; Riley-Swanson-Donaldson; Swanson-Albies-Riley)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Fried (L, 16-6)2.16553204.251.37-12.0
J. Walker1.20001001.931.392.0
G. Dayton1.01110112.891.501.5
A. Swarzak1.02111004.441.52-1.0
C. Sobotka1.01002106.281.640.5
K. Wright1.00000209.171.984.0
Total8.01077761---
PITCHERSIP
M. Fried (L, 16-6)2.1
J. Walker1.2
G. Dayton1.0
A. Swarzak1.0
C. Sobotka1.0
K. Wright1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Sanchez (W, 9-8)7.03001303.861.2928.5
H. Strickland1.01000204.951.253.0
S. Doolittle1.00000003.991.333.0
Total9.0400150---
PITCHERSIP
A. Sanchez (W, 9-8)7.0
H. Strickland1.0
S. Doolittle1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fried 65-34, J. Walker 22-10, G. Dayton 16-11, A. Swarzak 14-8, C. Sobotka 27-15, K. Wright 13-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fried 3-1, J. Walker 3-1, A. Swarzak 1-1, C. Sobotka 1-0, K. Wright 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Fried 15, J. Walker 5, G. Dayton 4, A. Swarzak 5, C. Sobotka 5, K. Wright 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 109-67, H. Strickland 19-10, S. Doolittle 14-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 8-10, H. Strickland 1-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 25, H. Strickland 4, S. Doolittle 3
  • 6TH INNING
    Eaton reached on a double play first to shortstop to third, Robles scored, Sanchez out at third, Turner out at second07
  • 5TH INNING
    Kendrick homered to left06
  • 3RD INNING
    Robles walked, Soto scored, Kendrick to third, Dozier to second05
    Kendrick singled to center, Turner and Rendon scored, Soto to second04
  • 2ND INNING
    Gomes singled to right center, Kendrick and Robles scored02
  • 9TH INNING
    • Sean Doolittle pitching
    • Adeiny Hechavarria hit for Kyle Wright
    • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Ball, Hechavarria flied out to deep center
    • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Donaldson flied out to deep right
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Markakis flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Hunter Strickland relieved Anibal Sanchez
    • D. Swanson: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
    • A. Riley: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Riley singled to left
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
    • O. Albies: Albies grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Kyle Wright relieved Chad Sobotka
    • Y. Gomes: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
    • Gerardo Parra hit for Hunter Strickland
    • G. Parra: Ball, Ball, Foul, Parra grounded out to second
    • Tr. Turner: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • An. Sanchez Pitching:
    • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Donaldson flied out to center
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Markakis singled to deep right center
    • R. Ortega: Strike looking, Ball, Ortega fouled out to left
    • B. McCann: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, McCann grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Chad Sobotka relieved Anthony Swarzak
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rendon walked
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Soto singled to right, Rendon to second
    • H. Kendrick: Foul, Ball, Kendrick grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Rendon to third, Soto out at second
    • B. Dozier: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dozier walked
    • V. Robles: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Robles struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • An. Sanchez Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
    • O. Albies: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Albies grounded out to first
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Freeman grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Anthony Swarzak pitching
    • Austin Riley at first base
    • V. Robles: Strike looking, Foul, Robles singled to center
    • Y. Gomes: Gomes flied out to center
    • An. Sanchez: Sanchez singled to right center, Robles to third
    • Tr. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Turner walked, Sanchez to second
    • A. Eaton: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Eaton reached on a double play first to shortstop to third, Robles scored, Sanchez out at third, Turner out at second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • An. Sanchez Pitching:
    • M. Joyce: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Joyce struck out looking
    • B. McCann: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, McCann singled to deep right center
    • D. Swanson: Swanson flied out to deep center
    • Adam Duvall hit for Jeremy Walker
    • A. Duvall: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Duvall flied out to center
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Rafael Ortega in right field
    • Grant Dayton pitching
    • A. Rendon: Foul, Foul, Rendon flied out to right
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Soto struck out swinging
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Ball, Kendrick homered to left
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Dozier flied out to deep right
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • An. Sanchez Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Foul, Ball, Albies grounded out to second
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Freeman walked
    • J. Donaldson: Donaldson lined out to center
    • N. Markakis: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Markakis flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Walker Pitching:
    • An. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Sanchez grounded out to third
    • Tr. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Turner grounded out to third
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Eaton lined out to right
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • An. Sanchez Pitching:
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Swanson flied out to right
    • M. Fried: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Fried grounded out to shortstop
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Acuna grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Fried Pitching:
    • Tr. Turner: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Turner reached on an infield single to third
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Eaton hit sacrifice bunt to third, Turner to second
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Rendon singled to left, Turner to third
    • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Soto walked, Rendon to second
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Kendrick singled to center, Turner and Rendon scored, Soto to second
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dozier walked, Soto to third, Kendrick to second
    • Jeremy Walker relieved Max Fried
    • V. Robles: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Robles walked, Soto scored, Kendrick to third, Dozier to second
    • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gomes grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Robles out at second
    • End of the 3rd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • An. Sanchez Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Markakis grounded out to second
    • M. Joyce: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Joyce flied out to deep center
    • B. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, McCann flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Fried Pitching:
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Kendrick singled to left
    • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Dozier flied out to deep center
    • V. Robles: Ball, Ball, Robles doubled to deep left, Kendrick to third
    • Y. Gomes: Strike swinging, Gomes singled to right center, Kendrick and Robles scored
    • An. Sanchez: Sanchez hit into double play pitcher to shortstop to second, Gomes out at second
    • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • An. Sanchez Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Ball, Acuna lined out to left
    • O. Albies: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Albies struck out looking
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Freeman doubled to left center
    • J. Donaldson: Foul, Ball, Donaldson grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Fried Pitching:
    • Tr. Turner: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Eaton grounded out to pitcher
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rendon walked
    • J. Soto: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Soto struck out looking
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)