Atlanta Braves vs Washington Nationals game results

The defending World Series champion Braves secured their trip to the post season when Milwaukee lost 7-5 to the New York Mets in less than 30 minutes.

ATLANTA – Travis D’Arnaud broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning with a two-run homer, Dansby Swanson went deep into the eighth, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Tuesday night to secure a playoff berth .

The defending World Series champion Braves secured their trip to the post season when Milwaukee lost 7-5 to the New York Mets in less than 30 minutes. Atlanta (93–55) are also vying for a fifth consecutive division title, but finished second in the NL East, one game behind the Mets.

Swanson added his 21st homer, an off-field single shot just over Kyle Finnegan who shot 379 feet and took a 3-1 lead. The Braves have won 10 games in a row at home, beating opponents 47–15 on this stretch. Atlanta is 52–25 at Truist Park and has the NL’s second-best win percentage in home games.

D’Arnaud hit his 18th homer before Matt Olsson was dismissed in the fourth, hitting a 422-foot shot on Erasmo Ramirez (4-2) to make it 2-0.

Charlie Morton (8-6) allowed one run and three hits in 5 1/3 innings with three walks and nine strikeouts. He did not release a hit until Victor Robles singled out with one of the third. Robles advanced on a throwing error by Morton on a pickoff move, but Morton knocked out the next two batsmen to end the threat.

Morton avoided trouble in the 31-pitch fourth. He issued a pair of two-out walks, and the runners went wild on the pitch before Morton hit CJ Abrams along the pitch to load the bases. The 38-year-old right-handed batsman dismissed Eldemro Vargas to avoid a jam.

The last-placed Nationals took a 2-1 lead in sixth place. Joey Menis doubled on a single from Morton’s chasing Luke Voight and moved to third. Colin McHugh had a chance to break out of the jam, but second baseman von Grissom made a throwing error on a potential double play grounder that scored Menis and placed the runners in second and third.

McHugh retired the next two batsmen to avoid further damage.

Morton improved to 6-1 at the start of the season with a 2.88 ERA in 15 homes.

Kenley Jensen faced seven batters in the ninth, making his NL-leading 36th save in 43 opportunities. The first two batsmen left the infield without a ball before Jensen dismissed the next two batsmen. Luis Garcia delivered a run-scoring single to make it 3-2, Menis went intentionally, and Luc Voight flew to end it with loaded bases.

Atlanta is 26-8 against Washington over the past two years. The Braves have gone deep against the Nationals 35 times this season and lead the NL with 224 homers.

Washington starter Patrick Corbin left the game at first with two outs with an undisclosed injury. He had a 1-1 count on Matt Olsson when Corbin stepped back from the mound and leaned over and time was called. Manager Dave Martinez and a coach came out to watch about Corbin, who soon left the field under his own power.

Ramirez took over and retired five in a row before Grissom reached an infield single in third. Corbin had nine consecutive starts against Atlanta and had a 7.28 ERA over that stretch.

National: Martinez said that DH Nelson Cruz (eyeball) is still not ready to face big league pitching and will be out of the lineup until he is ready. … LHP McKenzie Gore (left shoulder swelling) reported no problems after his bullpen session and will begin rehab with Triple-A Rochester on Friday.

Brave: RHP Spencer Strider has pain in the left oblique and will not make his next start in Philadelphia on Saturday. Manager Brian Snitker said Strider would not go on the injured list and would play catches until he was ready to return to rotation.

Atlanta SS Dansby Swanson made a sliding, backhand stop of Menis’ hard grounder in the fourth and threw the runner off the outfield grass with ease. … Robles ran hard to his left in center field and made a diving catch of d’Arnaud’s liner to finish in sixth place.

Braves rookie RHP Bryce Elder (1-3, 3.67 ERA) will make his seventh start as the teams end the three-match series with a 12:20 start at 12:20 p.m. The Nationals have yet to announce a starter.

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