Harper hits 2 homers as Nats slam Braves

Rome News-Tribune - - SPORTS - By Charles Odum As­so­ci­ated Press Sports Writer

AT­LANTA — Bryce Harper had two homers, in­clud­ing a grand slam, among four hits and the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als over­whelmed Julio Te­heran and the At­lanta Braves 14-4 on Wed­nes­day night.

Harper drove in five runs. His third-in­ning grand slam just cleared the reach of leap­ing Braves cen­ter fielder En­der In­cia­rte. Harper’s seven ca­reer homers off Te­heran are his most against any pitcher.

Ryan Zim­mer­man added an eighth-in­ning grand slam off Ian Krol, send­ing some Braves fans for the ex­its at new SunTrust Park. The Na­tion­als had 20 hits.

Wash­ing­ton’s Joe Ross (1-0) al­lowed three runs on six hits in seven in­nings in his 2017 de­but.

Te­heran (1-1) al­lowed seven runs on seven hits in four in­nings.

Na­tion­als out­fielder Jayson Werth left the game dur­ing a third-in­ning at-bat with a groin spasm. He ap­peared to suf­fer the in­jury on a check swing.

At­lanta’s Fred­die Free­man walked in the first and hit his sixth homer in the third. That gave Free­man 12 con­sec­u­tive plate ap­pear­ances in which he reached safely, an At­lanta record.

The streak ended with Free­man’s sixth-in­ning ground­out to short­stop Wilmer Difo. Free­man had a run-scor­ing sin­gle in the eighth.

Jeff Bur­roughs reached safely in 11 straight plate ap­pear­ances in April, 1978. The Braves did not im­me­di­ately have records for that statis­tic from their time in Bos­ton and Mil­wau­kee.

Na­tion­als man­ager Dusty Baker said be­fore the game he was re­mov­ing Blake Treinen from the closer’s role. Right-han­ders Shawn Kel­ley and Koda Glover will share the job. Treinen, who has a 7.11 ERA with three saves in four chances, will shift to a setup role.

The last time the Na­tion­als hit

two grand slams in one game was July 27, 2009 at Mil­wau­kee, when Josh Willing­ham hit both.

Trainer’s room

Na­tion­als: LHP Sammy So­lis was placed on the 10-day dis­abled list with left el­bow in­flam­ma­tion, open­ing a ros­ter spot for Ross . ... SS Trea Turner (right ham­string strain) is at ex­tended spring train­ing at West Palm Beach, Florida and could come off the 10-day DL “in a cou­ple days,” ac­cord­ing to Baker.

Braves: OF Matt Kemp (right ham­string tight­ness) may come off the 10-day DL on Thurs­day af­ter hav­ing one hit in seven in­nings in an in­jury re­hab game with Triple A Gwin­nett . ... In­cia­rte jammed his left wrist when he fell in the out­field dur­ing bat­ting prac­tice but re­mained in the lineup.

John Bazemore / The As­so­ci­ated Press

Wash­ing­ton’s Adam Ea­ton (back) steals sec­ond base as At­lanta sec­ond base­man Bran­don Phillips han­dles the late throw dur­ing the fourth in­ning.

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