Braves secured the reigning world title on their post-season ride when the Milwaukee lost to the New York Mets 7-5 after less than 30 minutes.
ATLANTA – Travis Darno broke a two-round tie with Homer in the fourth inning, Dansby Swanson went deep in the eighth, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Tuesday night and earned a supplement berth.
Braves secured the reigning world title on their post-season ride when the Milwaukee lost to the New York Mets 7-5 after less than 30 minutes. Atlanta (93-55) is also contending for its fifth consecutive title, but remains in second place, one game behind the Mets in NL East.
Swanson added his 21st trip, a single shot in the opposite field straight from Kyle Finnegan that sailed 379 feet and secured a 3-1 lead. The Braves won 10 consecutive home games, outperforming their opponents 47-15 over this stretch. Atlanta is 52-25 in Trust Park and has the second best NL win percentage in home games.
Matt Olson fled in fourth before Darno hit Homer #18, with a shot from 422 feet from Erasmo Ramirez (4-2) making it 2-0.
Charlie Morton (8-6) allowed one run and three strokes in three turns and nine strokes in 5 1/3 innings. He didn’t drop a hit until Victor Robles hit one on the third. Robles advanced on a foul-throwing by Morton in a small move, but Morton hit the next hitters to end the threat.
Morton avoided trouble on 31 fourth pitch. He released a pair of walkers, and the contestants advanced on unruly ground before Morton hit CJ Abrams with a pitch to load the bases. The 38-year-old right-hander punched Eldemaro Vargas to escape the crowd.
The last-place Nationals trimmed their lead 2-1 in sixth place. Joey Meneses doubled and advanced to third on Luke Voit’s single that chased Morton. Colin McHugh had a chance to get out of the predicament, but second base officer von Grissom made a foul on a potential double-hitter that scored Minnes and put the runners in second and third.
McHugh retired the following hitters to avoid further damage.
Morton improved to 6-1 with a 2.88 ERA in 15 home starts this season.
Kenley Jansen faced off against seven players in the ninth minute to save his NL lead 36 on 43 chances. The first hitters arrived without the ball leaving the field before Jansen hits the next hitters. Luis Garcia provided a single for the recording to make it 3-2, Meneses walked on purpose, and Luke Voit flew to finish it off with bases loading.
Atlanta is 26-8 against Washington for the past two years. The Braves have gone deep 35 times against the Nationals this season and led the National League with 224 players.
Washington’s Patrick Corbin left the match with a two-goal margin in the first due to an undisclosed injury. He had a 1-1 account on Matt Olson when Corbyn slipped off the hill, leaned over and stopped the time. Manager Dave Martinez and coach came to get acquainted with Corbyn, who quickly walked off the field under his own power.
Ramirez took charge and retired five in a row before Grissom hit one ground in third. Corbin had lost nine straight games against Atlanta and had a 7.28 ERA on that stretch.
The Citizens: Martinez said DH Nelson Cruz (eye infection) is still not ready to face the league’s big offers and will stay out of the squad until he is. …LHP MacKenzie Gore (Left Shoulder Inflammation) reported no issues after the bulls session and will begin rehab with Triple-A Rochester on Friday.
The Brave: RHP Spencer Strider has left tilted pain and will not start next Saturday in Philadelphia. Manager Brian Snicker said Strider will not be on the injured list and will play catch-up until he is ready to return to rotation.
Atlanta SS Dansby Swanson made a sliding backhand stop for the Menesys steel engineer in the fourth inning and threw the sprinter easily off the outside turf. …Robles ran hard to his left in the center field and dived from Darno’s liner to finish sixth.
Braves rookie RHP Bryce Elder (1-3, 3.67 ERA) will make his seventh start as teams finish a three-game streak with a 12:20 p.m. start. Citizens did not announce a start.