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Atlanta Braves center fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. jumps and makes the catch on a line drive by Washington Nationals' Trea Turner during the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Braves beat Nationals 2-1 behind Anderson's strong outing

Sep. 12, 2020 10:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have one of the best offenses in baseball, yet eventually will need to rely on pitching to get the job done. Right now, that’s coming in form of rookie Ian Anderson. Anderson allowed one hit over seven scoreless innings and the NL East-leading Braves held on to...

Washington Nationals' Eric Thames (9) is congratulated by Brock Holt (27) after hitting a home run during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Washington, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Nationals outlast Braves 8-7 on Taylor's single in 12th

Sep. 11, 2020 11:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael A. Taylor hit a game-ending single in the 12th inning, and the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 8-7 on Friday night after blowing a five-run lead for the second straight game. Nationals relievers Kyle Finnegan and James Borque (1-0) worked out of bases-loaded jams in...

Atlanta Braves' Freddie Freeman, right, is congratulated at home plate by teammate Ronald Acuna Jr. (13) next to Washington Nationals catcher Yan Gomes, left, after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Power trio: Freeman, Swanson, Acuña rally Braves past Nats

Sep. 10, 2020 11:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With Ronald Acuña Jr., Freddie Freeman and Marcell Ozuna as the top three hitters in his lineup, Braves manager Brian Snitker knows an early five-run deficit is hardly insurmountable. Freeman homered twice, Dansby Swanson hit a go-ahead shot in the eighth inning and NL East-leading...

Washington Nationals' Juan Soto slides home to score on a single by Josh Harrison during the third inning of the team's baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Soto returns, Nats beat Rays 5-3 to finish 2-game sweep

Sep. 9, 2020 12:53 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Juan Soto drove in a run in his return to the lineup and the Washington Nationals used strong relief pitching to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 on Tuesday night to sweep the two-game series. After missing five games with left elbow soreness, Juan Soto was back in the lineup as the designated...

Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Tyler Matzek, center, cannot get a glove on a toss from first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) as Washington Nationals' Victor Robles (16) runs safely to first on a one-run bunt during the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

McGowin, Nats' bullpen dominates in 10-4 win over Braves

Sep. 6, 2020 12:14 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Washington Nationals, playing without Juan Soto and some other top hitters, manufactured big offense without a home run. That was more than enough to overwhelm an Atlanta Braves team that hit three homers. Victor Robles' third hit, a bunt single in the sixth inning, gave Washington the...

Washington Nationals' Trea Turner, left, turns a double play on a ball hit by Philadelphia Phillies' Jean Segura as Phillies' Didi Gregorius (18) slides into second base during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)

Bohm's sacrifice fly gives Phillies 6-5 win, sweep of Nats

Sep. 3, 2020 8:46 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bryce Harper should make more predictions. Alec Bohm hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 6-5 on Thursday night, completing a four-game sweep. The Phillies are 9-1 since Harper said the team needs to...

Boston Red Sox's Bobby Dalbec, center, celebrates his two-run home run with Alex Verdugo, right, that also drove in Kevin Plawecki, left, during the third inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Dalbec homers for first big league hit, Red Sox top Nats 9-5

Aug. 30, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Bobby Dalbec hit a two-run homer in his major league debut, Rafael Devers hit a pair of home runs, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Washington Nationals 9-5 on Sunday. The 25-year-old Dalbec started hours after Boston traded first baseman Mitch Moreland to San Diego. Dalbec (2 for 4) struck...

Philadelphia Phillies' Roman Quinn scores on a single by Bryce Harper during the seventh inning of the team's baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Nola bounces back, leads Phillies to 3-2 win over Nationals

Aug. 26, 2020 10:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Aaron Nola bounced back from the shortest outing of his career to throw seven strong innings, and the Philadelphia Phillies took advantage of the Washington Nationals’ sloppy outfield defense to rally for a 3-2 victory on Wednesday night. Bryce Harper, who won the 2015 NL MVP...

Miami Marlins starting pitcher Pablo Lopez throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals in Washington, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Aguilar drives in 3 runs, Marlins outlast Nationals 11-8

Aug. 24, 2020 11:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jesús Aguilar drove in three runs and the Miami Marlins defeated the Washington Nationals 11-8 on Monday night, taking three of the five games in the series. Miami entered the series on a five-game losing streak. They now exit Nationals Park just above .500 at 12-11. Aguilar’s...

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez delivers a pitch during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Washington.  (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Sánchez pitches Nationals past Marlins 9-3

Aug. 23, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Aníbal Sánchez pitched seven effective innings, Trea Turner drove in three runs and the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 9-3 on Sunday. Sánchez (1-3) allowed one run and five hits in his longest outing of the season. The veteran right-hander went 0-2 with a 9.00...