Braves swept by Nationals at home

Rome News-Tribune - - BASEBALL - By Ge­orge Henry Associated Press

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.

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