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Evan Gattis Provides Key Hit, Atlanta Braves Beat Washington Nationals for 12th Straight Win

August 6th, 2013 at 11:09 PM
By Cody Fields

When you're hot, you're hot. The Atlanta Braves happen to be hot, riding Evan Gattis' two-run single to beat the Washington Nationals 2-1 on Tuesday at Nationals Park.

Gattis was only in the game because Jason Heyward strained a muscle in his neck in the first inning, so he was batting in the lead-off spot. He came to the plate after B.J. Upton's single, Andrelton Simmons' walk and Julio Teheran's sacrifice, drilling a two-run knock to right field off Gio Gonzalez.

That was the entirety of the offensive output by the Braves, which negated a solo homer Bryce Harper hit off Teheran in the third inning. Harper watched his dead center homer, walking five steps and flipping the bat before rounding the bases. It was the only run Teheran gave up over his six innings.

That set up some adventures in the fifth inning when Anthony Rendon doubled in the fifth. Teheran had first base open and one out, and he drilled Harper in the thigh with his first pitch, resulting Harper staring and shouting at him on his way to first and clearing the benches.

Umpire Joe West warned both teams, but only after he got between the normally mild mannered Brian Mccann and Harper.

Fittingly, Craig Kimbrel struck out Harper to end the game.

But Kimbrel's save only came after Luis Avilan escaped a jam in the seventh inning. After getting the first two outs with no problems, Avilan allowed the Nats to load the bases on a single and two walks before finally getting Adam LaRoche to ground out.

The Braves have now won 12 straight games, finally pushing their road record to a game over .500. They now lead the National League East by 14 1/2 games.

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Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, B.J. Upton, Baseball, Bryce Harper, Craig Kimbrel, Evan Gattis, Gio Gonzalez, Julio Teheran, Luis Avilan, MLB, Washington Nationals

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