WASHINGTON (AP) — The Atlanta Braves had dropped three straight before this week’s series against the Washington Nationals.
That only makes their rare series victory against the defending NL East champs even sweeter.
Julio Teheran earned his third consecutive victory, Kurt Suzuki homered and Atlanta defeated Washington 13-2 on Wednesday to take two of three from the Nationals.
“It’s a tough place to win,” manager Brian Snitker said. “It’s a very good team and we were coming off a rough series at home. Guys responded well. We started swinging the bats and the bullpen did a great job. It was a good series for us.”
Brandon Phillips had four hits and three RBIs for the Braves, who had dropped seven consecutive road series against the Nationals and had lost 23 of their last 25 games in Washington before this series. It was Atlanta’s first series victory at Washington since taking two during a three-game set April 4-6, 2014.
Teheran (6-4) matched a season-high with seven innings, allowing six hits and one walk while striking out three against a lineup that did not include resting regulars Anthony Rendon and Matt Wieters.
“Even if I give up a homer or something, I just have to stay focused and execute pitches,” Teheran said. “That’s something I was doing really good — getting ahead in counts and throwing strike one. It was big today.”
Washington lost its second consecutive series and finished 2-5 on its homestand.
“It was a tough homestand,” Washington manager Dusty Baker said. “This is not the kind of homestand you want to exhibit in front of your home fans.”
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