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Washington Nationals avoid sweep with 5-2 win over Atlanta Braves: Tanner Roark solid again...

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Tanner Roark put together another solid outing, and Jayson Werth, Adam Lind, and Victor Robles all put together multi-hit games in a 5-2 Nationals’ win over the Braves.

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Tanner Roark put together another solid outing, continuing his second-half resurgence, but a two-run home run in his final inning of work in the sixth made it a one-run game, 3-2, in the series finale with the Atlanta Braves in the nation’s capital.

Four batters into the bottom of the sixth, however, the Nationals had a three-run lead on the Braves, 5-2, after Adam Lind and Victor Robles singled and Adrian Sanchez sent a two-run double to left field.

After Roark, it was Matt Albers in the seventh, Ryan Madson in the eighth, and Sean Doolittle in the ninth locking down the sweep-avoiding win as the Nats salvaged the series finale with the Braves. Final Score: 5-2 Nats.

Nationals now 89-57

HERE’S HOW IT HAPPENED:

Trea Turner took a 98 mph 2-1 fastball from Mike Foltynewicz to center for a leadoff double in the bottom of the first, lining one over Ender Inciarte’s head for his 20th two-base hit of the season, and scored from second on a Jayson Werth single to left field that put the Nationals up 1-0 early in the series finale with the Braves.

Jose Lobaton took a 3-2 slider off of his back (left) ankle in a two-out at bat in the Nationals’ half of the second. Lobaton left the game, replaced behind the plate by Pedro Severino.

Adam Lind singled to start the Nationals’ fourth, and scored one out later when Victor Robles sent an 0-1 slider from Foltynewicz to right and off the out-of-town scoreboard for an RBI triple that made it 2-0 Nats. Robles scored on when Pedro Severino beat out on a potential double play grounder hustling down to first, 3-0.

Tanner Roark took a no-hit bid into the fifth before Johan Carmago singled with two out for the Braves’ first hit, but a scoreless, 17-pitch frame left Roark at 80 pitches in five scoreless innings.

• Mike Foltynewicz’s Line: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 Ks, 73 P, 48 S, 5/2 GO/FO.

Ozzie Albies extended his personal hit streak to 12-straight games with a one-out, two-run home run off Roark in the sixth, taking a 93 mph 3-2 fastball for a ride to right-center for his 4th home run of the season, which made it a one-run game, 3-2 Nationals.

• Tanner Roark’s Line: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 Ks, 1 HR, 108 P, 64 S, 7/3 GO/FO.

Adam Lind was 2 for 3 on the night after a leadoff single in the sixth, and he took third base on a throwing error on a Victor Robles’ dribbler toward third base. Adrian Sanchez stepped in next and lined a two-run double to left to put the Nats up, 5-2.

Matt Albers took over on the mound in the top of the seventh, working around a leadoff single in a scoreless, 17-pitch frame.

Jayson Werth was 2 for 4 on the night after a one-out single in the Nationals’ half of the seventh.

Ryan Madson’s 10-pitch, 1-2-3 eighth gave him scoreless innings in 13 of 14 outings since he’s joined the Nationals’ bullpen.

Sean Doolittle took the mound with a three-run lead in the ninth and worked around a two-out single in an 11-pitch frame. Ballgame. Final Score: 5-2 Nationals.

NATIONALS PREGAME NOTES:

  • With back-to-back losses, Washington is now 123-113 in the all-time series with the Atlanta Braves, but the Nationals are 43-21 against their NL East rivals since mid-June 2014.
  • Atlanta is 6-3 at Nationals Park this season after going 0-10 in 2015 and 1-9 in 2016.
  • Trea Turner joined Alfonso Soriano last night as the only two players in Nationals franchise history (2005-present) to steal 40 or more bases.
  • In today’s Nationals-themed “Fun with Arbitrary End Points” segment: Turner has put up a .316 AVG with six doubles, two triples, two homers, seven walks, five stolen bases and 13 runs scored... since returning from the DL on August 29th.
  • Washington’s offense started the night leading the NL in SLG (.454), runs scored (750), and OPS (.788), and they were ranked second in AVG (.269), and extra-base hits (505).
  • Braves’ second baseman Ozzie Albies stretched his season-best hitting streak to 11 games last night. He’s 16 for 46 on the streak (.348 AVG) with a .426 OBP over the course of the streak.
  • Anthony Rendon starts the night ranked second in the majors and first in the NL at 6.3 fWAR.

Nationals now 89-57