Gausman makes strong return from IL as Braves beat Nats 7-1

ATLANTA (AP) Kevin Gausman showed he has the potential to add stability to the Atlanta Braves' rotation.

Just like last year.

Gausman pitched into the eighth inning after missing more than a month, Josh Donaldson and Ronald Acuna Jr. homered, and the Braves beat the Washington Nationals 7-1 on Sunday night to protect their NL East lead.

Atlanta acquired Gausman from Baltimore at the 2018 trade deadline and he won five games with a 2.87 ERA in 10 starts for the Braves. The right-hander had a bloated 6.21 ERA in 13 starts this year before landing on the injured list with plantar fasciitis in his right foot. But he was sharp in his first major league outing since June 10.

Gausman (3-5) allowed five hits and one run in seven-plus innings, with eight strikeouts and no walks.

''Hopefully he does for us what he did a year ago,'' said Atlanta manager Brian Snitker, explaining Gausman's return from the IL ''would be like making a trade.''

The Braves' rotation has endured some turnover, making Gausman's strong start especially important 10 days before the trade deadline. The team sent struggling 2018 All-Star Mike Foltynewicz to Triple-A Gwinnett and moved Sean Newcomb to the bullpen in the first half while more recently losing Max Fried to the IL with a finger blister.

Gausman said ''every guy here is pitching well'' and added: ''I just hope to be another guy on that long list.''

Nick Markakis hit a two-run single in the first off Joe Ross (0-2). Donaldson added his sixth-inning homer off Ross and a run-scoring single in the seventh. Acuna launched a two-run homer off Kyle McGowin in the eighth.

Following a split of the four-game series, the first-place Braves still lead the Nationals by 6 1/2 games.

''We had chances to especially win three of them, if not all four,'' Washington infielder Brian Dozier said.

Added manager Dave Martinez: ''You were hoping to make up a couple games.''

Gausman had good control of his fastball and didn't need to experiment with a curve he worked on during his minor league rehab assignment.

He did not allow a runner to reach second base until the eighth, when he was pulled after giving up singles to Dozier and Kurt Suzuki to open the inning. Pinch-hitter Gerardo Parra's bloop single off Anthony Swarzak drove in Dozier.

Ross, recalled from Triple-A Fresno before the game, allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings.

Freddie Freeman had three hits and an RBI for Atlanta.

Nationals center fielder Victor Robles raced in toward the infield to make a diving catch of Dansby Swanson's shallow fly in the fifth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: 1B Ryan Zimmerman left with an apparent right foot injury following an infield single in the second. Zimmerman, who missed 53 games with plantar fasciitis in his right foot this season, showed obvious discomfort while running down the line. ''Same foot, same sort of thing,'' said Zimmerman, scheduled for an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the injury. ... RHP Austin Voth was a candidate to start the game before he was placed on the 10-day IL, retroactive to Thursday, with right biceps tendinitis.

Braves: RHP Patrick Weigel was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett.

END OF THE ROAD

The loss by Ross snapped a string of 27 consecutive starts without a defeat for Washington's starting pitchers since a loss by Stephen Strasburg on June 15. It was the longest streak since the 1916 New York Giants.

STREAK STATUS

Acuna singled up the middle but was thrown out at second by Robles to end the second inning. Acuna, who also walked in the seventh before his homer one inning later, has reached safely in 27 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the majors. Acuna didn't extend his streak of stolen bases in five straight games.

SCHERZER UPDATE

Washington ace Max Scherzer (mid-back strain) could come off the 10-day injured list and return to the rotation Thursday against Colorado. Martinez said Scherzer ''felt good'' after he ''let it go pretty good'' while throwing in the outfield. Scherzer is expected to throw a bullpen Monday that could determine his status for Thursday.

UP NEXT

Nationals: RHP Erick Fedde (1-1, 3.50 ERA) starts when Washington opens a home series against Colorado on Monday night.

Braves: Following an off day, LHP Dallas Keuchel (3-3, 3.58) will start Tuesday night's opener of a two-game series against Kansas City. Keuchel is 4-1 with a 2.56 ERA in eight career starts against the Royals.

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  • W: K. Gausman (3-5)L: J. Ross (0-2)
  • HR: ATL - J. Donaldson (23), R. Acuna (24)
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A. Eaton RF40000012.284.363.391.754-0.5
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R. Zimmerman 1B10100000.246.311.390.7001.0
M. Adams PR-1B30000020.232.269.511.779-1.0
B. Dozier 2B31100021.237.335.434.7691.0
K. Suzuki C30200001.263.315.486.8012.0
V. Robles CF30000003.250.319.444.7630.0
J. Ross P20100010.500.500.5001.0000.5
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K. McGowin P00000000.333.333.333.6670.0
  • a-singled for Grace in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Acuna LF42221120.295.378.510.8889.0
D. Swanson SS41000131.263.329.468.7980.5
F. Freeman 1B52310010.301.387.567.9548.5
J. Donaldson 3B41221013.256.374.521.8957.5
N. Markakis RF30120101.290.364.439.8034.0
O. Albies 2B30200100.286.344.472.8163.0
B. McCann C40100026.278.341.465.8060.0
E. Inciarte CF21000211.208.297.308.6052.5
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  • a-flied out for Swarzak in the 8th
BATTING
  • RBI - G. Parra (24)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Eaton 2 (2), K. Suzuki, V. Robles
BATTING
  • 2B - F. Freeman (26)
  • HR - R. Acuna (24), J. Donaldson (23)
  • RBI - R. Acuna 2 (58), F. Freeman (78), J. Donaldson 2 (58), N. Markakis 2 (55)
  • 2-Out RBI - F. Freeman (23), J. Donaldson (17), N. Markakis 2 (19)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Markakis, B. McCann 5 (5), E. Inciarte
BASERUNNING
  • SB - F. Freeman (4)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - V. Robles (7)
  • DP - (Dozier-Adams)
  • E - J. Guerra
FIELDING
  • DP - (Albies-Freeman)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Ross (L, 0-2)5.18332619.452.050.0
T. Sipp1.00000103.861.293.5
J. Guerra0.12223104.301.30-6.5
M. Grace0.10000106.001.440.5
K. McGowin1.01221219.691.540.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Ross (L, 0-2)5.1
T. Sipp1.0
J. Guerra0.1
M. Grace0.1
K. McGowin1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Gausman (W, 3-5)7.05110805.711.4329.0
A. Swarzak1.01000002.311.112.0
J. Tomlin1.00000003.811.003.0
PITCHERSIP
K. Gausman (W, 3-5)7.0
A. Swarzak1.0
J. Tomlin1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Guerra 2 (3), K. McGowin (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Ross 98-56, T. Sipp 10-7, J. Guerra 35-19, M. Grace 4-3, K. McGowin 18-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Ross 3-5, T. Sipp 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Ross 24, T. Sipp 3, J. Guerra 6, M. Grace, K. McGowin 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gausman 83-63, A. Swarzak 12-10, J. Tomlin 10-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gausman 2-10
  • Batters Faced - K. Gausman 25, A. Swarzak 4, J. Tomlin 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Eaton RF40000012.284.363.391.754-0.5
A. Rendon 3B40000000.316.399.6041.0030.0
J. Soto LF40000020.293.401.523.924-1.0
R. Zimmerman 1B10100000.246.311.390.7001.0
M. Adams PR-1B30000020.232.269.511.779-1.0
B. Dozier 2B31100021.237.335.434.7691.0
K. Suzuki C30200001.263.315.486.8012.0
V. Robles CF30000003.250.319.444.7630.0
J. Ross P20100010.500.500.5001.0000.5
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K. McGowin P00000000.333.333.333.6670.0
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  • a-singled for Grace in the 8th
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R. Acuna LF42221120.295.378.510.8889.0
D. Swanson SS41000131.263.329.468.7980.5
F. Freeman 1B52310010.301.387.567.9548.5
J. Donaldson 3B41221013.256.374.521.8957.5
N. Markakis RF30120101.290.364.439.8034.0
O. Albies 2B30200100.286.344.472.8163.0
B. McCann C40100026.278.341.465.8060.0
E. Inciarte CF21000211.208.297.308.6052.5
K. Gausman P30000012.042.042.042.083-0.5
A. Swarzak P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Joyce PH10000001.276.382.460.8420.0
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  • a-flied out for Swarzak in the 8th
BATTING
  • RBI - G. Parra (24)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Eaton 2 (2), K. Suzuki, V. Robles
BATTING
  • 2B - F. Freeman (26)
  • HR - R. Acuna (24), J. Donaldson (23)
  • RBI - R. Acuna 2 (58), F. Freeman (78), J. Donaldson 2 (58), N. Markakis 2 (55)
  • 2-Out RBI - F. Freeman (23), J. Donaldson (17), N. Markakis 2 (19)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Markakis, B. McCann 5 (5), E. Inciarte
BASERUNNING
  • SB - F. Freeman (4)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - V. Robles (7)
  • DP - (Dozier-Adams)
  • E - J. Guerra
FIELDING
  • DP - (Albies-Freeman)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Ross (L, 0-2)5.18332619.452.050.0
T. Sipp1.00000103.861.293.5
J. Guerra0.12223104.301.30-6.5
M. Grace0.10000106.001.440.5
K. McGowin1.01221219.691.540.0
Total8.011776112---
PITCHERSIP
J. Ross (L, 0-2)5.1
T. Sipp1.0
J. Guerra0.1
M. Grace0.1
K. McGowin1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Gausman (W, 3-5)7.05110805.711.4329.0
A. Swarzak1.01000002.311.112.0
J. Tomlin1.00000003.811.003.0
Total9.0611080---
PITCHERSIP
K. Gausman (W, 3-5)7.0
A. Swarzak1.0
J. Tomlin1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Guerra 2 (3), K. McGowin (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Ross 98-56, T. Sipp 10-7, J. Guerra 35-19, M. Grace 4-3, K. McGowin 18-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Ross 3-5, T. Sipp 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Ross 24, T. Sipp 3, J. Guerra 6, M. Grace, K. McGowin 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gausman 83-63, A. Swarzak 12-10, J. Tomlin 10-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gausman 2-10
  • Batters Faced - K. Gausman 25, A. Swarzak 4, J. Tomlin 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Acuna homered to left center, Inciarte scored17
    Parra singled to shallow left, Dozier scored, Suzuki to second15
  • 7TH INNING
    Donaldson singled to center, Freeman scored05
    Freeman doubled to left center, Acuna scored, Freeman to third on Guerra throwing error04
  • 6TH INNING
    Donaldson homered to left center03
  • 1ST INNING
    Markakis singled to right, Swanson and Freeman scored02
  • 9TH INNING
    • Josh Tomlin pitching
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Rendon popped out to third
    • J. Soto: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Soto flied out to left
    • M. Adams: Strike swinging, Adams flied out to left
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • K. Gausman Pitching:
    • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Dozier singled to right center
    • K. Suzuki: Suzuki singled to left center, Dozier to third
    • Anthony Swarzak relieved Kevin Gausman
    • V. Robles: Robles popped out to second
    • Gerardo Parra hit for Matt Grace
    • G. Parra: Strike swinging, Foul, Parra singled to shallow left, Dozier scored, Suzuki to second
    • T. Turner: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Turner lined out to right
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Eaton flied out to left
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Kyle McGowin pitching
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Inciarte walked
    • Matt Joyce hit for Anthony Swarzak
    • M. Joyce: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Inciarte to second on wild pitch, Joyce flied out to center
    • R. Acuna: Acuna homered to left center, Inciarte scored
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
    • F. Freeman: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • K. Gausman Pitching:
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Foul, Rendon lined out to center
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Soto struck out swinging
    • M. Adams: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Adams struck out looking
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Sipp Pitching:
    • K. Gausman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gausman grounded out to second
    • Javy Guerra relieved Tony Sipp
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Acuna walked
    • D. Swanson: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Freeman doubled to left center, Acuna scored, Freeman to third on Guerra throwing error
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Donaldson singled to center, Freeman scored
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Donaldson to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Markakis walked
    • O. Albies: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Donaldson to third, Markakis to second on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Albies walked
    • Matt Grace relieved Javy Guerra
    • B. McCann: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 6TH INNING
    • K. Gausman Pitching:
    • J. Ross: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ross struck out swinging
    • T. Turner: Ball, Turner popped out to third
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Eaton struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Ross Pitching:
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Donaldson homered to left center
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Markakis flied out to left
    • O. Albies: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Albies singled to deep right
    • Tony Sipp relieved Joe Ross
    • B. McCann: McCann flied out to left
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Inciarte struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • K. Gausman Pitching:
    • M. Adams: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Adams struck out swinging
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
    • K. Suzuki: Suzuki singled to center
    • V. Robles: Strike looking, Robles flied out to right
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Ross Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Swanson flied out to center
    • F. Freeman: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Freeman grounded out to first
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • K. Gausman Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Eaton grounded out to pitcher
    • A. Rendon: Rendon lined out to center
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Soto flied out to shallow right
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Ross Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Strike swinging, Albies flied out to deep right
    • B. McCann: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, McCann singled to center
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Inciarte walked, McCann to second
    • K. Gausman: Foul, Gausman grounded into double play second to first, Inciarte out at second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • K. Gausman Pitching:
    • V. Robles: Foul, Robles flied out to center
    • J. Ross: Strike looking, Ball, Ross singled to left center
    • T. Turner: Turner grounded into double play second to first, Ross out at second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Ross Pitching:
    • D. Swanson: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Freeman singled to right
    • J. Donaldson: Donaldson flied out to deep left
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Markakis grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • K. Gausman Pitching:
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Soto struck out looking
    • R. Zimmerman: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Zimmerman reached on an infield single to third
    • Matt Adams ran for Ryan Zimmerman
    • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Suzuki flied out to center
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Ross Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Strike looking, Inciarte lined out to center
    • K. Gausman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gausman struck out swinging
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Acuna singled to left center, Acuna out at second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • K. Gausman Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Turner flied out to deep center
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Eaton flied out to deep center
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rendon lined out to center
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Ross Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Swanson walked
    • F. Freeman: Freeman singled to left, Swanson to third
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Donaldson struck out looking, Freeman stole second
    • N. Markakis: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Markakis singled to right, Swanson and Freeman scored
    • O. Albies: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Albies singled to right, Markakis to second
    • B. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, McCann struck out looking
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)