Atlanta’s Braves hit four home runs tonight, two off starter Austin Voth and two off reliever Hunter Strickland, and beat the Washington Nationals, 5-4, besting their NL East rivals for the third straight game this week in SunTrust Park, and handing them their fourth straight loss overall. It was the Braves’ ninth straight win and 13th in a row at home...
Voth vs the Braves: Joe Ross was set to start this one, but the righty felt some discomfort in his forearm in a bullpen session this week, so the Nationals decided on Austin Voth tonight, giving the right-hander the ball against the Braves he faced in his first start in the majors in 2019.
Voth held Atlanta to two runs on four hits in six innings in that outing, and he was coming off a solid relief appearance against the New York Mets in which he threw 2 1⁄3 scoreless.
Davey Martinez said on Friday that Voth was good to go to 75-80 pitches tonight.
Ozzie Albies took Voth deep on a 94 MPH 1-0 fastball in the second at bat of the home-half of the first inning, hitting an opposite field blast that gave the home team an early lead, 1-0. No. 21 for Albies.
Voth held the Braves to one run through three, but left a first-pitch fastball up and over the middle of the plate for Josh Donaldson with one down in the fourth, and the Donaldson hit the pitch out to left-center for a second solo shot and a 2-0 lead. No. 36 for Donaldson.
☔️ Raindrops keep falling on my head ☔️ pic.twitter.com/fVWIdQZ0CC— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) September 8, 2019
Austin Voth’s Line: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 Ks, 2 HRs, 74 P, 50 S, 2/2 GO/FO.
Teheran vs the Nationals: Braves’ righty Julio Teheran gave up three runs total in two starts and 12 1⁄3 IP against Washington in July, walking two, striking out 11, and holding Nationals’ hitters to a combined .234/.265/.319 line.
“He attacked the strike zone. He was pounding the strike zone. Fastballs, sliders, he pitched well,” Nats’ skipper Davey Martinez said after the second of those two outings, in which the right-hander gave up seven hits and two earned runs in 6 2⁄3 IP on July 30th in the nation’s capital.
Teheran tossed four scoreless on 60 pitches to start tonight, extending a scoreless inning streak for Braves’ starters to 17-straight in the series, but he took the mound with a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning and gave up a one-out solo shot to right field by Asdrúbal Cabrera, who got all of a 90 MPH 3-2 fastball and hit it just inside the foul pole, 2-1. Cabrera’s 16th.
If it's fair, it's gone.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) September 8, 2019
(It's fair. It's gone.)
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Trea Turner doubled with two out in the top of the sixth, but Adam Eaton lined out to right field to end a 16-pitch frame that left Teheran at 94 total with a 2-1 lead.
Julio Teheran’s Line: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 Ks, 1 HR, 94 P, 62 S, 0/3 GO/FO.
RendOBP: With a walk in his third trip to the plate last night, Anthony Rendon extended his on-base streak to 22-straight games (38 for 89, .427.490.764, nine doubles, seven homers, 11 BBs vs 9 Ks), and he singled in his fourth trip to the plate, extending a nine-game hit streak, over which he was 16 for 34 (.471/.538/.853) with four doubles and three home runs in those games.
Rendon took the first of four walks the Braves issued in the seventh, extending his streak to 23-straight games.
BULLPEN ACTION: Aaron Barrett took the mound in the majors for the first time since 2015 in the fifth, and worked around a leadoff walk, in a scoreless, 14-pitch frame.
It’s alright to cry:
Aaron Barrett after first MLB appearance in over 4 years. pic.twitter.com/DR3kEVmTJO— Carol Maloney (@carolmaloney4) September 8, 2019
Hunter Strickland gave up back-to-back, one-out blasts by Brian McCann and Matt Joyce in the bottom of the sixth, a two-run shot by McCann, and it was 5-1 Braves.
Darren O’Day walked the only batter he faced in the seventh, Anthony Rendon, putting the leadoff man on before Braves’ skipper Brian Snitker went to the pen for left-handed reliever Sean Newcomb, who walked Juan Soto to put two on with no one out. Asdrúbal Cabrera’s walk was the third straight to start the inning, and Ryan Zimmerman stepped in next with a bases-loaded opportunity, and grounded into a 5-4-3 DP, 5-2 Braves. Victor Robles took the fourth walk of the inning as the Braves did their sporting best to let the Nationals back into the game.
Howie Kendrick came on, and the Braves went to Josh Tomlin, who got out No. 3 on a well-struck line drive to center. 5-2 ATL.
Tanner Rainey gave up a leadoff walk to Rafael Ortega and a two-out intentional walk to Freddie Freeman in the bottom of the seventh, but stranded both runners.
Shane Greene gave up a one-out double by Trea Turner, hit Adam Eaton in the next at bat, and surrendered a two-out, two-base hit by Juan Soto, who drove in his 99th and 100th of the season to make it a one-run game, but Soto was stranded at the end of the Nationals’ eighth, 5-4 Braves.
Sean Doolittle needed 22 pitches to get through a scoreless bottom of the eighth.
Mark Melancon came on for the save in the ninth and retired the Nationals in order to end it.
Nationals now 78-63