Keuchel labors through Atlanta debut, Nats nip Braves 4-3

WASHINGTON (AP) Dallas Keuchel enjoyed being back on the mound after than a longer-than-expected wait between major league starts. He would have been happier if a three-run lead hadn't slipped away.

Keuchel labored through five innings in his Atlanta debut, coughing up that 3-0 lead as the Braves lost 4-3 to the Washington Nationals on Friday night.

The Braves scored two in the second and another in the third against Washington starter Stephen Strasburg, but the Nationals rallied against Keuchel.

''It was really nice to get back at it,'' Keuchel said. ''The most frustrating part is getting three runs early off Strasburg. ... Being granted three runs early off a really, really good pitcher is something I've got to take advantage of, and I usually do.''

Keuchel, who couldn't find a deal he wanted during a tough offseason for veteran free agents, signed a one-year, $13 million contract on July 7 with the NL East-leading Braves, who hope he can help lead them to the postseason. The left-hander then made two minor league starts before he was recalled Friday from Double-A Mississippi.

It was the first major league appearance for Keuchel since he started Game 3 of last year's AL Championship Series for the Houston Astros.

Keuchel (0-1) never retired Washington in order and gave up four runs, three earned, on eight hits. He also hit two batters, but Atlanta manager Brian Snitker was pleased with his new starter's outing.

''He threw the ball extremely well,'' Snitker said. ''He kept them off-balance tonight. He had a good feel for what he was doing.''

The Braves had won 11 of 13 entering the game to build a cushion atop the division. The third-place Nationals have won five straight and nine of 12 to move within a game of .500 for the first time since April 24.

Atlanta led 3-0 in the fourth thanks to a two-run homer by Austin Riley and an RBI double by Freddie Freeman, who has now driven in a run in nine straight games, matching an Atlanta record.

In the bottom half, Victor Robles lined an RBI triple and scored on Michael A. Taylor's squeeze bunt. Yan Gomes homered to tie it at 3-3.

Washington pushed ahead in the fifth, when Juan Soto led off with a triple and Anthony Rendon singled him home.

Strasburg (8-4) allowed three runs in six innings. With closer Sean Doolittle having worked two consecutive nights, Wander Suero allowed the first two runners to reach in the ninth before retiring the side for his first career save. Robles made a sliding catch in right field for the last out.

''It was little - I wouldn't say hesitation - but there was a little doubt in my mind as I was coming to make the play,'' Robles said through a translator. ''I made the play and I was able to make the catch and win the game for the team.''

Washington's much-maligned bullpen got three scoreless innings from four pitchers.

''We had a couple of guys in the bullpen who are down,'' manager Dave Martinez said. ''The rest of the guys stepped up. We need them all and they proved it tonight.''

SUSPENSION DROPPED

Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson had his one-game suspension rescinded by Major League Baseball. He had appealed the penalty after a dust-up with Pittsburgh pitcher Joe Musgrove earlier this month. Donaldson was still fined for the incident.

Donaldson doubled and singled Friday night.

MOVES

The Nationals recalled right-hander Joe Ross from Triple-A Fresno. Washington has yet to announce a starter for Sunday, and Ross could get the call if he's not needed in the bullpen Saturday. Washington optioned infielder Adrian Sanchez to Double-A Harrisburg.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: 1B Ryan Zimmerman (plantar fasciitis in right foot) began his rehab assignment with Double-A Harrisburg. He played five innings and went 1-for-1 with a walk. He has missed 48 games with the injury, and Martinez said Zimmerman will work his way up to playing nine innings.

UP NEXT

Braves: Mike Foltynewicz (2-5, 5.53 ERA), who is 5-4 with a 4.02 ERA in 11 career starts against Washington, will start for Atlanta on Saturday.

Nationals: Anibal Sanchez (3-6, 3.84) is 3-0 in his last four starts.

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  • W: S. Strasburg (8-4)L: D. Keuchel (0-1)S: W. Suero (1)
  • HR: ATL - A. Riley (12), WAS - Y. Gomes (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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D. Swanson SS51100005.260.325.462.7872.0
F. Freeman 1B40110020.314.401.6051.0062.0
J. Donaldson 3B30200111.265.370.498.8683.5
N. Markakis RF41100002.274.362.418.7802.0
A. Riley LF41121023.291.345.619.9646.0
B. McCann C30000112.289.358.492.8500.5
J. Camargo PR00000000.242.282.363.6450.0
O. Albies 2B40100000.282.343.465.8081.0
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b- C. Culberson PH10000002.316.365.579.9440.0
  • a-singled for Toussaint in the 7th
  • b-lined out for Webb in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Turner SS50100031.273.331.493.825-0.5
J. Soto LF31200101.300.399.517.9157.0
A. Rendon 3B40110014.313.405.6471.0521.5
H. Kendrick 1B40100004.337.388.596.9841.0
B. Dozier 2B41100002.235.317.439.7562.0
V. Robles RF21110000.243.317.437.7547.0
M. Taylor CF30010015.222.291.292.5830.5
Y. Gomes C41111005.224.301.327.6286.0
S. Strasburg P20000002.091.143.121.2640.0
a- A. Eaton PH00000100.276.362.393.7561.0
J. Guerra P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Sipp P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Rosenthal P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- G. Parra PH10000010.213.276.355.631-0.5
W. Suero P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-walked for Strasburg in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Rosenthal in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - F. Freeman (19), J. Donaldson (18)
  • HR - A. Riley (12)
  • RBI - F. Freeman (56), A. Riley 2 (34)
  • 2-Out RBI - F. Freeman (16)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Swanson 3 (3), J. Donaldson, A. Riley, B. McCann 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Soto (15)
  • 3B - J. Soto (2), V. Robles (2)
  • HR - Y. Gomes (3)
  • SH - M. Taylor (2)
  • RBI - A. Rendon (52), V. Robles (33), M. Taylor (2), Y. Gomes (20)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - H. Kendrick 4 (4), Y. Gomes 3 (3), S. Strasburg 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • E - O. Albies (3)
  • PB - B. McCann (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Rendon-Dozier-Kendrick)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Keuchel (L, 0-1)5.08430315.401.600.5
T. Toussaint1.00002104.681.531.5
J. Webb2.00000202.031.137.0
PITCHERSIP
D. Keuchel (L, 0-1)5.0
T. Toussaint1.0
J. Webb2.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Strasburg (W, 8-4)6.05333513.791.0819.5
J. Guerra (H, 2)1.01000002.971.122.0
T. Sipp (H, 7)0.21000104.801.40-0.5
T. Rosenthal (H, 1)0.100000018.473.160.0
W. Suero (S, 1)1.01001105.741.348.5
PITCHERSIP
S. Strasburg (W, 8-4)6.0
J. Guerra (H, 2)1.0
T. Sipp (H, 7)0.2
T. Rosenthal (H, 1)0.1
W. Suero (S, 1)1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - T. Toussaint (4)
  • IBB - T. Toussaint (2)
  • HBP - D. Keuchel 2 (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Keuchel 99-64, T. Toussaint 18-11, J. Webb 26-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Keuchel 8-5, T. Toussaint 1-1, J. Webb 1-3
  • Batters Faced - D. Keuchel 26, T. Toussaint 5, J. Webb 6
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Strasburg 101-62, J. Guerra 12-9, T. Sipp 13-9, T. Rosenthal 4-3, W. Suero 16-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Strasburg 7-5, T. Rosenthal 1-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Strasburg 25, J. Guerra 4, T. Sipp 3, T. Rosenthal, W. Suero 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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R. Acuna CF40000113.289.371.498.8690.5
D. Swanson SS51100005.260.325.462.7872.0
F. Freeman 1B40110020.314.401.6051.0062.0
J. Donaldson 3B30200111.265.370.498.8683.5
N. Markakis RF41100002.274.362.418.7802.0
A. Riley LF41121023.291.345.619.9646.0
B. McCann C30000112.289.358.492.8500.5
J. Camargo PR00000000.242.282.363.6450.0
O. Albies 2B40100000.282.343.465.8081.0
D. Keuchel P10000100.000.500.000.5001.0
T. Toussaint P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Joyce PH10100000.304.400.493.8931.0
J. Webb P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- C. Culberson PH10000002.316.365.579.9440.0
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  • a-singled for Toussaint in the 7th
  • b-lined out for Webb in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Turner SS50100031.273.331.493.825-0.5
J. Soto LF31200101.300.399.517.9157.0
A. Rendon 3B40110014.313.405.6471.0521.5
H. Kendrick 1B40100004.337.388.596.9841.0
B. Dozier 2B41100002.235.317.439.7562.0
V. Robles RF21110000.243.317.437.7547.0
M. Taylor CF30010015.222.291.292.5830.5
Y. Gomes C41111005.224.301.327.6286.0
S. Strasburg P20000002.091.143.121.2640.0
a- A. Eaton PH00000100.276.362.393.7561.0
J. Guerra P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Sipp P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Rosenthal P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- G. Parra PH10000010.213.276.355.631-0.5
W. Suero P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-walked for Strasburg in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Rosenthal in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - F. Freeman (19), J. Donaldson (18)
  • HR - A. Riley (12)
  • RBI - F. Freeman (56), A. Riley 2 (34)
  • 2-Out RBI - F. Freeman (16)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Swanson 3 (3), J. Donaldson, A. Riley, B. McCann 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Soto (15)
  • 3B - J. Soto (2), V. Robles (2)
  • HR - Y. Gomes (3)
  • SH - M. Taylor (2)
  • RBI - A. Rendon (52), V. Robles (33), M. Taylor (2), Y. Gomes (20)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - H. Kendrick 4 (4), Y. Gomes 3 (3), S. Strasburg 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • E - O. Albies (3)
  • PB - B. McCann (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Rendon-Dozier-Kendrick)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Keuchel (L, 0-1)5.08430315.401.600.5
T. Toussaint1.00002104.681.531.5
J. Webb2.00000202.031.137.0
Total8.0843261---
PITCHERSIP
D. Keuchel (L, 0-1)5.0
T. Toussaint1.0
J. Webb2.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Strasburg (W, 8-4)6.05333513.791.0819.5
J. Guerra (H, 2)1.01000002.971.122.0
T. Sipp (H, 7)0.21000104.801.40-0.5
T. Rosenthal (H, 1)0.100000018.473.160.0
W. Suero (S, 1)1.01001105.741.348.5
Total9.0833471---
PITCHERSIP
S. Strasburg (W, 8-4)6.0
J. Guerra (H, 2)1.0
T. Sipp (H, 7)0.2
T. Rosenthal (H, 1)0.1
W. Suero (S, 1)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - T. Toussaint (4)
  • IBB - T. Toussaint (2)
  • HBP - D. Keuchel 2 (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Keuchel 99-64, T. Toussaint 18-11, J. Webb 26-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Keuchel 8-5, T. Toussaint 1-1, J. Webb 1-3
  • Batters Faced - D. Keuchel 26, T. Toussaint 5, J. Webb 6
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Strasburg 101-62, J. Guerra 12-9, T. Sipp 13-9, T. Rosenthal 4-3, W. Suero 16-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Strasburg 7-5, T. Rosenthal 1-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Strasburg 25, J. Guerra 4, T. Sipp 3, T. Rosenthal, W. Suero 5
  • 5TH INNING
    Rendon singled to shallow left, Soto scored34
  • 4TH INNING
    Gomes homered to left33
    Taylor hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Robles scored32
    Robles tripled to deep right center, Dozier scored31
  • 3RD INNING
    Freeman doubled to left center, Swanson scored30
  • 2ND INNING
    Riley homered to left center, Markakis scored20
  • 9TH INNING
    • Wander Suero pitching
    • B. McCann: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, McCann walked
    • Johan Camargo ran for Brian McCann
    • O. Albies: Albies singled to center, Camargo to second
    • Charlie Culberson hit for Jacob Webb
    • C. Culberson: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Culberson lined out to right
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
    • D. Swanson: Swanson flied out to right
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Tony Sipp relieved Javy Guerra
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Donaldson doubled to deep left
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Markakis lined out to left
    • Trevor Rosenthal relieved Tony Sipp
    • A. Riley: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Riley grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Webb Pitching:
    • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Gomes flied out to right
    • Gerardo Parra hit for Trevor Rosenthal
    • G. Parra: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Parra struck out looking
    • T. Turner: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Javy Guerra pitching
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Albies popped out to shortstop
    • Matt Joyce hit for Touki Toussaint
    • M. Joyce: Ball, Foul, Ball, Joyce singled to right
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Acuna flied out to right
    • D. Swanson: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Swanson lined out to first
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Jacob Webb pitching
    • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Dozier popped out to first
    • V. Robles: Foul, Foul, Robles grounded out to third
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Taylor lined out to left
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • J. Donaldson: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Donaldson singled to left
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Markakis singled to center, Donaldson to second
    • A. Riley: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Riley struck out swinging
    • B. McCann: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, McCann lined out to first
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Touki Toussaint relieved Dallas Keuchel
    • Adam Eaton hit for Stephen Strasburg
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Eaton walked
    • T. Turner: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Eaton to second on wild pitch, Ball, Foul, Eaton to third on passed ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
    • J. Soto: Soto intentionally walked
    • A. Rendon: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rendon fouled out to first
    • H. Kendrick: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kendrick grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Ball, Strike swinging, Albies grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Keuchel: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Keuchel walked
    • R. Acuna: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Acuna walked, Keuchel to second
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Swanson grounded into double play third to second to first, Acuna out at second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Keuchel Pitching:
    • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Foul, Soto tripled to right
    • A. Rendon: Strike swinging, Ball, Rendon singled to shallow left, Soto scored
    • H. Kendrick: Kendrick singled to center, Rendon to second
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Dozier flied out to deep center, Rendon to third
    • V. Robles: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Robles hit by pitch, Kendrick to second
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Taylor reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Rendon out at home, Kendrick to third, Robles to second
    • Y. Gomes: Foul, Foul, Ball, Gomes flied out to deep center
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Markakis grounded out to pitcher
    • A. Riley: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Riley struck out swinging
    • B. McCann: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, McCann lined out to right
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Keuchel Pitching:
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Dozier safe at first on 2nd baseman Albies throwing error, Dozier to second
    • V. Robles: Ball, Robles tripled to deep right center, Dozier scored
    • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Ball, Taylor hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Robles scored
    • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Gomes homered to left
    • S. Strasburg: Ball, Strasburg grounded out to third
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Turner struck out looking
    • End of the 4th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 3RD INNING
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • D. Keuchel: Strike looking, Keuchel grounded out to third
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Foul, Acuna grounded out to third
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Swanson singled to left
    • F. Freeman: Pickoff attempt, Freeman doubled to left center, Swanson scored
    • J. Donaldson: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Donaldson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Keuchel Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Turner lined out to right
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Soto doubled to deep center
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Rendon grounded out to second, Soto to third
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Kendrick grounded out to third
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Donaldson walked
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Markakis reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Donaldson out at second
    • A. Riley: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Riley homered to left center, Markakis scored
    • B. McCann: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
    • O. Albies: Ball, Albies lined out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • D. Keuchel Pitching:
    • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Dozier singled to center
    • V. Robles: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Robles hit by pitch, Dozier to second
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Ball, Gomes flied out to center
    • S. Strasburg: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strasburg grounded out to second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Acuna lined out to left
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Swanson grounded out to second
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Freeman flied out to left
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Keuchel Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Turner reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • J. Soto: Soto grounded out to second, Turner to second
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Rendon struck out on foul tip
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Ball, Kendrick flied out to shallow right
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)