Freeman Homers, But Braves Drop Another To Nationals 8-4

This was yet another one of those games where very little went right for the Braves.

Washington knocked Tim Hudson for four runs in the first inning and never looked back in an 8-4 win.

Right away, the Nats went double-infield single-double for two quick runs in the first and Adam LaRoche's sacrifice fly with one out made the score 3-0. Ian Desmond then walked, but then Rick Ankiel hit what looked like a harmless single to center. Michael Bourn, however, horribly misplayed the ball and it rolled past him for another run.

Atlanta had plenty of chances to cut into the lead, though. They loaded the bases in the second inning against Gio Gonzalez thanks in part to a 14-pitch walk by Andrelton Simmons, but Michael Bourn crushed a line drive right at Ian Desmond for the third out. Chipper Jones finally put the Braves on the board with an RBI double in the third inning, but the at-em ball continued to ruin chances for a big rally with Freddie Freeman hitting a hard fly ball to center only for it to be caught on the warning track. He had done the same thing in the second inning with no luck.

Freeman did, however, blast a three-run homer in the sixth inning. Unfortunately, it came after Ryan Zimmerman's fourth-inning home run and a run-scoring infield hit by Jhonatan Solano in the fifth. Freeman and Simmons reached base in the eighth with one out, but were stranded there. Freeman's home run was Atlanta's only hit in eight tries with runners in scoring position. The team stranded eight runners on base.

Leading only by two, Washington added a pair of runs in the ninth off Jonny Venters, whose struggles continue. He allowed an RBI single to Zimmerman and after he was removed from the game, another run scored when the Braves couldn't turn a double play.

The Braves have now lost six of eight to Washington this year.

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