Newcomb dazzles for another win, Braves beat Nats 4-2

ATLANTA (AP) The way Sean Newcomb started out, it didn't look like he'd be around very long.

Two straight walks. A double steal. A sacrifice fly.

Just three hitters into the game, Newcomb and the Atlanta Braves were already behind.

''I was angry at myself,'' the left-hander said.

But Newcomb composed himself, threw seven strong innings and posted his sixth straight win, leading Atlanta back into first place with a 4-2 victory over the Washington Nationals on Thursday night.

In the start of a four-game series between the top teams in the NL East, the Braves snapped Washington's six-game winning streak and reclaimed first place by a half-game over the Nationals.

Newcomb (6-1) was roughed up by Washington in his season debut April 2. Since then, he's 6-0 with a sparkling 2.16 ERA in 10 starts.

But the lefty was coming off a tough outing in Boston, where he lasted only three innings - his shortest start of the season, though he didn't get a decision in the 8-6 loss.

Manager Brian Snitker was eager to see how Newcomb would bounce back.

Just fine, it turned out.

''This is a huge step in how far he's come and where he's going,'' Snitker said.

Anthony Rendon drove in in both Washington runs with a sacrifice fly in the first and an RBI single in the third. Newcomb was dominant the rest of the way , retiring 14 of 15 hitters before he was lifted for a pinch hitter after a 1-2-3 seventh. He threw 93 pitches - 61 for strikes.

''He was good, always moving the ball in and out,'' Rendon said. ''He has a pretty good fastball, pretty sneaky. When he comes inside, you've got to respect that. And he's got a pretty good changeup with the same spin as his four-seamer. Tip your hat to him.''

Rendon, who led off the sixth with a double, was the only Nationals hitter to reach base off Newcomb after the third. He also made a sparkling defensive play at third base to rob Tyler Flowers of a hit , diving to his left to field a hard-hit grounder that took a wicked hop.

The Braves went ahead for good in the bottom of the third off Tanner Roark (2-5), who didn't get any help from his defense.

Ozzie Albies led off with a popup to short left field that should've been an out. But shortstop Trea Turner and left fielder Juan Soto both pulled up, allowing it to drop for a gift single.

Freddie Freeman followed with a double into the right-field corner, giving him a 13-game hitting streak. Bryce Harper's throw into second short-hopped Turner, an error that allowed Albies to race home after he initially stopped at third .

''You can't give a good team 28 or 29 outs,'' Nationals manager Dave Martinez said.

Atlanta tacked on an insurance run in the seventh . With two outs, Ender Inciarte singled to left and came all the way around to score when Albies yanked another double down the right-field line.

Dan Winkler and Arodys Vizcaino finished up for the Braves, each throwing a scoreless inning. Vizcaino earned his 10th save in 12 chances.

NEWCOMB'S SPEED

The Braves pitcher also picked up an RBI in the second inning, hustling to beat out a potential inning-ending double play with the bases loaded.

Turner was able to flip the ball to second baseman Wilmer Difo for the force. But Difo couldn't get much on the relay throw and Newcomb beat it out, giving the Braves a 2-1 lead.

''When he beat out that ball, it really helped the cause,'' said Preston Tucker, who drove in Atlanta's first run with a double.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: RHP Ryan Madson was activated from the disabled list after missing 12 games with a pectoral strain. The 37(equals)year-old reliever decided not to go to the minors for a rehab stint. ''He wanted to save his bullets'' for big league hitters, Martinez said.

Braves: OF Ronald Acuna Jr. seems to be recovering quickly after injuring his left knee and lower back during a game last Sunday at Boston. The 20-year-old rookie phenom would be eligible to come off the DL on June 8 when Atlanta is on a West Coast road trip, but the Braves will not bring him back until he's completely healed. ''He'll probably tell you, `I can go out there and play right now,''' Snitker said. ''But we're going to be careful to get rid of all the pain, make sure everything is tightened up and solid.''

UP NEXT

Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (6-4, 3.13) probably hates to see the calendar change. He went 4-1 with a 2.51 ERA in five May starts, allowing just 26 hits while striking out 40 in 32 1/3 innings.

Braves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz (4-3, 2.55) will be facing Washington for the third time this season. He is 1-1 with a 2.61 ERA in 10 1/3 innings against the Nationals.

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  • W: S. Newcomb (6-1)L: T. Roark (2-5)S: A. Vizcaino (10)
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M. Reynolds 1B40000013.341.383.7731.156-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Severino in the 9th
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  • a-grounded out for Newcomb in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Rendon (12), M. Taylor (13)
  • SF - A. Rendon
  • SH - T. Roark (2)
  • RBI - A. Rendon 2 (17)
BATTING
  • 2B - O. Albies (16), F. Freeman (14), N. Markakis (17), P. Tucker (8)
  • RBI - O. Albies (35), P. Tucker (21), S. Newcomb
  • 2-Out RBI - O. Albies (19)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Turner 2 (16), B. Harper (5)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - E. Inciarte (6)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Reynolds-Rendon; Difo-Turner-Reynolds)
  • E - B. Harper
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Roark (L, 2-5)6.27445303.381.07-1.5
T. Collins0.00001000.001.50-1.0
W. Suero1.10000202.701.304.0
PITCHERSIP
T. Roark (L, 2-5)6.2
T. Collins0.0
W. Suero1.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Newcomb (W, 6-1)7.04222202.731.2124.0
D. Winkler (H, 9)1.00000200.770.694.0
A. Vizcaino (S, 10)1.01000302.281.0610.5
PITCHERSIP
S. Newcomb (W, 6-1)7.0
D. Winkler (H, 9)1.0
A. Vizcaino (S, 10)1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - T. Roark 2 (2)
  • HBP - T. Roark (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Roark 98-53, T. Collins 4-0, W. Suero 20-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Roark 9-5, W. Suero 1-1
  • Batters Faced - T. Roark 30, T. Collins, W. Suero 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Newcomb 93-61, D. Winkler 22-15, A. Vizcaino 12-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Newcomb 12-7
  • Batters Faced - S. Newcomb 27, D. Winkler 3, A. Vizcaino 4
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B. Harper RF30000111.234.380.547.9262.5
A. Rendon 3B30220000.272.355.493.8475.0
M. Reynolds 1B40000013.341.383.7731.156-0.5
J. Soto LF40000013.333.415.500.915-0.5
M. Taylor CF40100011.204.273.356.6291.5
P. Severino C30100000.224.328.290.6181.0
a- M. Adams PH10000011.263.351.579.930-0.5
T. Roark P20000000.091.130.091.2210.0
T. Collins P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-struck out for Severino in the 9th
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E. Inciarte CF41200002.258.317.364.6822.0
O. Albies 2B31210101.278.323.535.8586.0
F. Freeman 1B30100102.335.435.538.9733.0
N. Markakis RF21100200.333.401.505.9055.0
T. Flowers C21000115.276.417.466.8822.5
J. Camargo 3B40000015.221.373.421.794-0.5
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  • a-grounded out for Newcomb in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Rendon (12), M. Taylor (13)
  • SF - A. Rendon
  • SH - T. Roark (2)
  • RBI - A. Rendon 2 (17)
BATTING
  • 2B - O. Albies (16), F. Freeman (14), N. Markakis (17), P. Tucker (8)
  • RBI - O. Albies (35), P. Tucker (21), S. Newcomb
  • 2-Out RBI - O. Albies (19)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Turner 2 (16), B. Harper (5)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - E. Inciarte (6)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Reynolds-Rendon; Difo-Turner-Reynolds)
  • E - B. Harper
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Roark (L, 2-5)6.27445303.381.07-1.5
T. Collins0.00001000.001.50-1.0
W. Suero1.10000202.701.304.0
Total8.0744650---
PITCHERSIP
T. Roark (L, 2-5)6.2
T. Collins0.0
W. Suero1.1
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Newcomb (W, 6-1)7.04222202.731.2124.0
D. Winkler (H, 9)1.00000200.770.694.0
A. Vizcaino (S, 10)1.01000302.281.0610.5
Total9.0522270---
PITCHERSIP
S. Newcomb (W, 6-1)7.0
D. Winkler (H, 9)1.0
A. Vizcaino (S, 10)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - T. Roark 2 (2)
  • HBP - T. Roark (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Roark 98-53, T. Collins 4-0, W. Suero 20-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Roark 9-5, W. Suero 1-1
  • Batters Faced - T. Roark 30, T. Collins, W. Suero 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Newcomb 93-61, D. Winkler 22-15, A. Vizcaino 12-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Newcomb 12-7
  • Batters Faced - S. Newcomb 27, D. Winkler 3, A. Vizcaino 4
  • 7TH INNING
    Albies doubled to deep right, Inciarte scored, Albies to third24
  • 3RD INNING
    Freeman doubled to right, Albies scored on right fielder Harper fielding error23
    Rendon singled to right, Turner scored22
  • 2ND INNING
    Newcomb reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Flowers scored, Tucker to third, Swanson out at second12
    Tucker doubled to deep right, Markakis scored, Flowers to third11
  • 1ST INNING
    Rendon hit sacrifice fly to left, Turner scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Arodys Vizcaino relieved Dan Winkler
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
    • J. Soto: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Soto struck out swinging
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Taylor doubled to deep left
    • Matt Adams hit for Pedro Severino
    • M. Adams: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Adams struck out looking
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Peter Bourjos in left
    • Dan Winkler pitching
    • T. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
    • B. Harper: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
    • A. Rendon: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Rendon lined out to left
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • W. Suero Pitching:
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Camargo grounded out to second
    • P. Bourjos: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bourjos struck out swinging
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Ball, Swanson flied out to left
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • P. Severino: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Severino grounded out to shortstop
    • T. Roark: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Roark grounded out to second
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Difo struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • D. Swanson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
    • Ryan Flaherty hit for Sean Newcomb
    • R. Flaherty: Foul, Ball, Ball, Flaherty grounded out to first
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Ball, Inciarte singled to left
    • O. Albies: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Albies doubled to deep right, Inciarte scored, Albies to third
    • F. Freeman: Freeman intentionally walked
    • Tim Collins relieved Tanner Roark
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Markakis walked, Freeman to second
    • Wander Suero relieved Tim Collins
    • T. Flowers: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Flowers struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • A. Rendon: Rendon doubled to deep left
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Reynolds grounded out to third
    • J. Soto: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Soto flied out to deep left
    • M. Taylor: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • T. Flowers: Ball, Flowers hit by pitch
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Ball, Camargo grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Flowers out at second
    • P. Tucker: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Tucker grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • W. Difo: Difo grounded out to shortstop
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Turner fouled out to first
    • B. Harper: Strike looking, Harper grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Albies walked
    • F. Freeman: Freeman grounded into double play first to third to first, Albies out at second
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Markakis popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Taylor grounded out to third
    • P. Severino: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Severino fouled out to first
    • T. Roark: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Roark grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Swanson grounded out to third
    • S. Newcomb: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Newcomb struck out swinging
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Inciarte grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Turner singled to left center
    • B. Harper: Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Turner stole second, Ball, Harper grounded out to second, Turner to third
    • A. Rendon: Rendon singled to right, Turner scored
    • M. Reynolds: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Reynolds popped out to second
    • J. Soto: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Soto grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Ball, Albies singled to left
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Freeman doubled to right, Albies scored on right fielder Harper fielding error
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Markakis walked
    • T. Flowers: Flowers grounded out to third, Freeman to third, Markakis to second
    • J. Camargo: Foul, Camargo reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Freeman out at home, Markakis to third, Camargo to second
    • P. Tucker: Foul, Tucker popped out to third
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 2ND INNING
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Taylor grounded out to shortstop
    • P. Severino: Strike looking, Severino singled to left center
    • T. Roark: Roark hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Severino to second
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Foul, Difo lined out to right
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Markakis doubled to right
    • T. Flowers: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Flowers walked
    • J. Camargo: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Camargo struck out looking
    • P. Tucker: Tucker doubled to deep right, Markakis scored, Flowers to third
    • D. Swanson: Swanson intentionally walked
    • S. Newcomb: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Newcomb reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Flowers scored, Tucker to third, Swanson out at second
    • E. Inciarte: Inciarte lined out to left
    • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • S. Newcomb Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Turner walked
    • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Harper walked, Turner to second
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Turner stole third Harper to second, Ball, Strike looking, Rendon hit sacrifice fly to left, Turner scored
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Reynolds grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Soto: Strike swinging, Soto flied out to center
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Inciarte singled to left
    • O. Albies: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Albies flied out to center
    • F. Freeman: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Freeman flied out to right
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Inciarte caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)