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Craig Kimbrel Blows Save; Washington Nationals Stun Atlanta Braves

September 17th, 2013 at 4:21 PM
By David Batson

The Atlanta Braves wasted a two-run eighth inning home run off the bat of Evan Gattis as the Washington Nationals defeated the Atlanta Braves 6-5 Tuesday afternoon at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

Evan Gattis | Atlanta Braves

This afternoon's game was the first of a doubleheader between the two teams. Yesterday's game was postponed due to the tragic Washington Navy Yard shooting. 

Washington starter Dan Haren allowed only one run through six innings, only to watch his bullpen unfold late in the game. 

Gattis homered in the top of the eighth off Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard and the Braves added a run in the ninth to give Atlanta a 5-3 lead.

Mike Minor gave up three runs on three hits through six innings for the Braves, but walked four. Centerfielder B.J. Upton saved a run with an outstanding catch in the bottom of the fifth inning off the bat of Nationals slugger Bryce Harper.

Craig Kimbrel loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Nationals scored a run on a fielders choice to cut the Braves lead to one. They won the game on a Denard Span grounder up the middle that went under the glove of Simmons.

The second game of today's twinbill in Washington is scheduled for 7:05 PM at Nationals Park. Freddy Garcia (1-1, 1.32) will take the mound for the Braves to face Tanner Roark (6-0, 1.30).

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Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Craig Kimbrel, Dan Haren, Evan Gattis, Mike Minor, MLB, Washington Nationals

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