After helping Nats clinch, Braves rout NL East champs 8-0

WASHINGTON (AP) Two days after helping the Washington Nationals clinch, the Atlanta Braves kept the NL East champions from taking another step toward home-field advantage throughout the postseason.

Freddie Freeman hit a three-run home run off Gio Gonzalez and Julio Teheran threw seven shutout innings as the Braves beat the Nationals 8-0 on Tuesday night. Gonzalez (14-7) allowed five earned runs on seven hits in five innings and struck out eight but guaranteed his $12 million option for next season with his first out of the game as he reached 180 innings this season.

''Today might have been a little hangover for them, winning the division a couple of days ago,'' Freeman said. ''I think they'll get back on the horse and give us a tougher next two days.''

Gonzalez and manager Dusty Baker didn't want to call it a post-clinching letdown because it would take credit away from Atlanta, which came back to beat the Miami Marlins on Sunday to give the Nationals the division title .

''They didn't come in here to celebrate with us,'' said Gonzalez, who wasn't feeling well at the beginning of the game. ''They came in here to do their job. As far as that, they were swinging the bat, they were patient when they needed to be, and they were swinging when they needed to be.''

The Nationals lost for just the second time in eight games and were unable to further close the gap on the Los Angeles Dodgers for the best record in baseball and home-field advantage in October.

''The playoffs are big on focusing on the small things,'' catcher Matt Wieters said. ''We can shore up some things that we can help to where maybe we can scratch a couple runs across that will be tougher to come by when October's around.''

Freeman was 3 for 5 and had a double to go along with his home run to center. Ozzie Albies went 3 for 5 with a home run, extending his hitting streak to 10 games.

Teheran (11-11) allowed seven hits, struck out five and walked two.

''Julio's been pretty good here the last few times,'' Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. ''He's got a lot of support. Been really good, really efficient. Stuff's been really good. He's reaching back and getting a little extra when he needs to.''

`STEP UP' HARPER

Baker said the Nationals hope to ''step up'' Bryce Harper's baseball activities with the hope of getting him back for the postseason. Harper has been out since mid-August with a significant bone bruise in his left knee and has no timeline to return.

''What's next is hopefully have him start hitting and see how his legs feel because running and sliding and cutting and dodging's going to be the thing,'' Baker said. ''He's progressing. I got my trainers (to) let me know when he's really progressing because you don't want to force him to progress because that leads to regression.''

TEHERAN DOES IT AGAIN

By picking off Trea Turner at first base in the third inning, Teheran added to his already impressive resume in that department. Teheran has picked off a major league-best 26 runners since 2013, well ahead of R.A. Dickey with 14.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: OF Matt Adams was out of the lineup after right hamstring tightness forced him out of a game Sunday. Snitker said Adams described the injury as a cramping feeling and wanted to give him another day because there's still tightness when hitting.

Nationals: OF Jayson Werth (sore left shoulder) got the game off. Baker considers Werth day-to-day.

UP NEXT

Washington ace Max Scherzer (14-5, 2.32 ERA) faces Atlanta LHP Luiz Gohara (0-1, 13.50) in the second game of the series Wednesday night.

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  • W: J. Teheran (11-11)L: G. Gonzalez (14-7)
  • HR: ATL - F. Freeman (26), O. Albies (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Inciarte CF41210111.309.354.414.7686.5
O. Albies 2B53311002.293.354.469.82312.0
F. Freeman 1B52331021.323.419.6191.03811.0
M. Kemp LF50110002.281.322.467.7882.0
L. Adams LF00000000.281.370.469.8390.0
N. Markakis RF50000013.279.361.398.759-0.5
K. Suzuki C50110021.265.341.504.8452.0
J. Camargo 3B41200001.305.340.483.8225.0
D. Swanson SS41100012.238.324.341.6652.5
J. Teheran P30110022.160.189.160.3491.0
a- A. Garcia PH10000010.244.278.344.622-0.5
L. Jackson P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Teheran in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Turner SS40100010.280.331.447.7770.5
H. Kendrick RF30100000.332.385.498.8830.0
W. Difo RF10000010.282.331.392.723-0.5
D. Murphy 2B30100101.321.382.546.9282.0
E. Romero P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
R. Zimmerman 1B40200001.303.359.557.9162.0
A. Rendon 3B40100014.302.400.534.9340.5
A. Lind LF40100013.296.351.490.8401.5
M. Taylor CF40200011.276.324.497.8211.5
M. Wieters C20000102.232.290.352.6411.0
P. Severino C10000002.263.263.316.5790.0
G. Gonzalez P10000010.098.141.098.239-0.5
a- A. Stevenson PH10000000.170.254.208.4620.0
A. Cole P0000-000.000.091.000.000-
b- V. Robles PH10000002.200.333.400.7330.0
A. Adams P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Sanchez 2B00000000.286.298.375.6730.0
  • a-grounded out for G. Gonzalez in the 5th
  • b-grounded into a double play for Cole in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - E. Inciarte 2 (23), F. Freeman (31), K. Suzuki (11), J. Camargo 2 (20), D. Swanson (22)
  • HR - O. Albies (3), F. Freeman (26)
  • RBI - E. Inciarte (55), O. Albies (18), F. Freeman 3 (68), M. Kemp (59), K. Suzuki (42), J. Teheran (6)
  • 2-Out RBI - E. Inciarte (28), M. Kemp (28), K. Suzuki (11), J. Teheran (5)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Lind (14)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - O. Albies (3)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - H. Kendrick (5)
  • Picked Off - T. Turner (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - J. Camargo, O. Albies, F. Freeman
FIELDING
  • E - M. Taylor (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Teheran (W, 11-11)7.07002504.571.3724.5
L. Jackson2.02000104.731.384.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Teheran (W, 11-11)7.0
L. Jackson2.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Gonzalez (L, 14-7)5.07551812.681.151.0
A. Cole2.05330014.301.57-2.0
A. Adams1.01000109.003.502.5
E. Romero1.01000103.731.422.5
PITCHERSIP
G. Gonzalez (L, 14-7)5.0
A. Cole2.0
A. Adams1.0
E. Romero1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Teheran 101-66, L. Jackson 40-25
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Teheran 8-5, L. Jackson 3-2
  • Batters Faced - J. Teheran 27, L. Jackson 8
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Gonzalez 90-60, A. Cole 34-24, A. Adams 17-13, E. Romero 16-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Gonzalez 5-2, A. Cole 3-3, E. Romero 1-1
  • Batters Faced - G. Gonzalez 23, A. Cole 11, A. Adams 4, E. Romero 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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NationalsWAS88-56
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Inciarte CF41210111.309.354.414.7686.5
O. Albies 2B53311002.293.354.469.82312.0
F. Freeman 1B52331021.323.419.6191.03811.0
M. Kemp LF50110002.281.322.467.7882.0
L. Adams LF00000000.281.370.469.8390.0
N. Markakis RF50000013.279.361.398.759-0.5
K. Suzuki C50110021.265.341.504.8452.0
J. Camargo 3B41200001.305.340.483.8225.0
D. Swanson SS41100012.238.324.341.6652.5
J. Teheran P30110022.160.189.160.3491.0
a- A. Garcia PH10000010.244.278.344.622-0.5
L. Jackson P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Teheran in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Turner SS40100010.280.331.447.7770.5
H. Kendrick RF30100000.332.385.498.8830.0
W. Difo RF10000010.282.331.392.723-0.5
D. Murphy 2B30100101.321.382.546.9282.0
E. Romero P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
R. Zimmerman 1B40200001.303.359.557.9162.0
A. Rendon 3B40100014.302.400.534.9340.5
A. Lind LF40100013.296.351.490.8401.5
M. Taylor CF40200011.276.324.497.8211.5
M. Wieters C20000102.232.290.352.6411.0
P. Severino C10000002.263.263.316.5790.0
G. Gonzalez P10000010.098.141.098.239-0.5
a- A. Stevenson PH10000000.170.254.208.4620.0
A. Cole P0000-000.000.091.000.000-
b- V. Robles PH10000002.200.333.400.7330.0
A. Adams P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Sanchez 2B00000000.286.298.375.6730.0
Total3309002616-----
  • a-grounded out for G. Gonzalez in the 5th
  • b-grounded into a double play for Cole in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - E. Inciarte 2 (23), F. Freeman (31), K. Suzuki (11), J. Camargo 2 (20), D. Swanson (22)
  • HR - O. Albies (3), F. Freeman (26)
  • RBI - E. Inciarte (55), O. Albies (18), F. Freeman 3 (68), M. Kemp (59), K. Suzuki (42), J. Teheran (6)
  • 2-Out RBI - E. Inciarte (28), M. Kemp (28), K. Suzuki (11), J. Teheran (5)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Lind (14)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - O. Albies (3)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - H. Kendrick (5)
  • Picked Off - T. Turner (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - J. Camargo, O. Albies, F. Freeman
FIELDING
  • E - M. Taylor (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Teheran (W, 11-11)7.07002504.571.3724.5
L. Jackson2.02000104.731.384.5
Total9.0900260---
PITCHERSIP
J. Teheran (W, 11-11)7.0
L. Jackson2.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Gonzalez (L, 14-7)5.07551812.681.151.0
A. Cole2.05330014.301.57-2.0
A. Adams1.01000109.003.502.5
E. Romero1.01000103.731.422.5
Total9.014881102---
PITCHERSIP
G. Gonzalez (L, 14-7)5.0
A. Cole2.0
A. Adams1.0
E. Romero1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Teheran 101-66, L. Jackson 40-25
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Teheran 8-5, L. Jackson 3-2
  • Batters Faced - J. Teheran 27, L. Jackson 8
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Gonzalez 90-60, A. Cole 34-24, A. Adams 17-13, E. Romero 16-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Gonzalez 5-2, A. Cole 3-3, E. Romero 1-1
  • Batters Faced - G. Gonzalez 23, A. Cole 11, A. Adams 4, E. Romero 4
  • 7TH INNING
    Suzuki doubled to left center, Freeman scored80
    Albies homered to right center70
  • 6TH INNING
    Teheran singled to right, Swanson scored60
  • 4TH INNING
    Inciarte doubled to shallow left, Camargo scored50
  • 3RD INNING
    Freeman homered to center, Inciarte and Albies scored40
  • 1ST INNING
    Kemp singled to left, Albies scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Enny Romero relieved Daniel Murphy
    • Adrian Sanchez at second
    • F. Freeman: Freeman singled to center
    • M. Kemp: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Kemp fouled out to first
    • N. Markakis: Strike swinging, Ball, Markakis grounded out to first, Freeman to second
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Suzuki struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Lane Adams in left
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Zimmerman popped out to second
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Rendon singled to right
    • A. Lind: Strike looking, Lind flied out to deep left
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, , Taylor reached on an infield single to shortstop, Rendon to third
    • P. Severino: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Severino grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Austin Adams pitching
    • Wilmer Difo in right
    • Pedro Severino catching
    • D. Swanson: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Swanson flied out to deep right
    • Adonis Garcia hit for Julio Teheran
    • A. Garcia: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Inciarte doubled to center
    • O. Albies: Albies popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Luke Jackson pitching
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Turner grounded out to second
    • W. Difo: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Difo struck out swinging
    • D. Murphy: Murphy grounded out to second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • A. Cole Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Albies homered to right center
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Freeman doubled to left center
    • M. Kemp: Ball, Ball, Foul, Kemp flied out to right
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Markakis grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Foul, Suzuki doubled to left center, Freeman scored
    • J. Camargo: Foul, Ball, Camargo flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • A. Lind: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lind doubled to left
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Taylor grounded out to pitcher
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Wieters walked
    • Victor Robles hit for A.J. Cole
    • V. Robles: Ball, Robles grounded into double play third to second to first, Wieters out at second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • A.J. Cole pitching
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Foul, Suzuki grounded out to third
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Camargo flied out to left
    • D. Swanson: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Swanson doubled to deep left
    • J. Teheran: Teheran singled to right, Swanson scored
    • E. Inciarte: Strike swinging, Ball, Inciarte grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Turner grounded out to shortstop
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kendrick grounded out to pitcher
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Murphy singled to right
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Zimmerman reached on an infield single to shortstop, Murphy to third
    • A. Rendon: Strike swinging, Rendon flied out to center
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • F. Freeman: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Freeman struck out looking
    • M. Kemp: Kemp grounded out to shortstop
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Markakis grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Wieters grounded out to shortstop
    • Andrew Stevenson hit for Gio Gonzalez
    • A. Stevenson: Strike looking, Ball, Stevenson grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Camargo doubled to deep center
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Swanson grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Teheran: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Teheran struck out looking
    • E. Inciarte: Inciarte doubled to shallow left, Camargo scored
    • O. Albies: Foul, Foul, Albies flied out to right
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Murphy walked
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Zimmerman popped out to shortstop
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rendon struck out swinging
    • A. Lind: Strike swinging, Ball, Lind reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Murphy out at second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Inciarte walked
    • O. Albies: Albies singled to center, Inciarte to third, Albies to second on center fielder Taylor fielding error
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Freeman homered to center, Inciarte and Albies scored
    • M. Kemp: Strike swinging, Foul, Kemp grounded out to shortstop
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Markakis grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Suzuki: Suzuki flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 3rd (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • G. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • T. Turner: Ball, Strike swinging, Turner singled to left center
    • H. Kendrick: Turner picked off at first, pitcher to first, Strike looking, Kendrick grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Suzuki struck out swinging
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Ball, Camargo doubled to left center
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
    • J. Teheran: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Teheran struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Zimmerman singled to center
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Rendon fouled out to first
    • A. Lind: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Lind struck out looking
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Taylor singled to left, Zimmerman to second
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Wieters flied out to deep right
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Inciarte struck out on foul tip
    • O. Albies: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Albies singled to left
    • F. Freeman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Albies stole second
    • M. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Kemp singled to left, Albies scored
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Markakis struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Strike looking, Kendrick singled to center
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Murphy flied out to center
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Kendrick caught stealing, catcher to second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)