Braves Beat Nationals On Freddie Freeman's Walkoff Hit

This Freddie Freeman guy...he seems like a pretty good hitter.

Atlanta's rookie first baseman came through again, delivering a walk-off single in the ninth inning to beat the Nationals 9-8.

Jair Jurrjens was seeking his 13th win of the season for the Braves, but the Nats wouldn't have it. The Braves led 2-0 in the third when Roger Bernadina tripled to center to score pitcher Tom Gorzelanny from first; Dan Uggla's relay throw was wide and Bernadina was able to score easily and tie the game.

Gorzelanny didn't last past the second inning after twisting his ankle throwing a pitch in the bottom of the first. He had allowed a pair of walks, a single and thrown a wild pitch in the inning before working a scoreless second.

Jurrjens was knocked around hard in the fourth. Two doubles and a single to start the inning scored a pair, then Danny Espinosa's RBI triple and Ryan Zimmerman's run-scoring double put the Braves in a 6-2 hole. Jurrjens worked a perfect fifth, but that was the end of the game for him; he struck out six and allowed eight hits.

Despite the deficit, the Braves had plenty of fight left in them. Wilkin Ramirez doubled to lead off the fifth against Henry Rodriguez, who was working on his third inning of relief. Jason Heyward was hit on the foot with a pitch, then Jordan Schafer drove in Ramirez with a sharp single. One out later, lefty Sean Burnett was called in to pitch to Brian McCann and the All-Star crushed a three-run homer to tie the game. A run-scoring groundout gave the Braves a 7-6 lead.

In the top of the sixth, though, George Sherrill served up a two-run homer to Danny Espinosa to give the Nationals the lead back, 8-7. Two innings later in the eighth, however, Nate McLouth smacked a solo home run off Tyler Clippard to tie the game once again.

The bottom of the ninth saw the Braves put two on with two outs before Freddie hit the second pitch from Ryan Mattheus to score the game-winning run.

Craig Kimbrel earned the win with a scoreless ninth, striking out two.



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