Braves swept by Nationals at home
ATLANTA — Ryan Zimmerman hit a tworun homer, Stephen Strasburg struck out 10 and the Washington Nationals completed a three-game sweep with a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night.
A night after had 14 runs on 20 hits, the Nationals couldn’t solve R.A. Dickey’s Nationals 3, Braves 2
knuckleball until Zimmerman homered in the sixth to erase a 2-1 deficit.
Strasburg (2-0) allowed two runs, six hits and two walks in seven innings, winning his first start at SunTrust Park after going 4-3 with a 4.37 ERA in 10 outings at Turner Field.
Strasburg improved to 72-8 when the Nationals score at least three runs. Shawn Kelley had an eventful ninth before earning his second save in three tries. He retired the first two batters before Kurt Suzuki singled and pinch-hitter Tyler Flowers walked.
Ender Inciarte followed with a game-ending flyout. Atlanta went 4-3 on its first homestand at its new ballpark, where it opened by sweeping a four-game series from San Diego. Dickey (1-2) gave up three runs and three hits in seven innings. Zimmerman, who has hit safely in 12 of 15 games, doubled to begin the second and scored on Michael Taylor’s sacrifice fly, then hit his fifth homer.
Dickey hit an RBI grounder in the second, and Kurt Suzuki had a sacrifice fly in the fourth.