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Tucker Davidson sharp for Braves in 5-1 win over Nationals

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Dansby Swanson and Ozzie Albies both picked up the 500th hit of their careers.

Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

Tucker Davidson pitched well while Dansby Swanson homered to help the Atlanta Braves snap a two-game skid with a 5-1 win over the Washington Nationals.

Davidson, turned in another solid performance and was the story in this game early on. He breezed through the first three innings retiring nine of the first 10 hitters he faced. The only blemish was a first-inning walk to Juan Soto.

Soto walked again in the fourth with one out but Davidson retired Ryan Zimmermann and Starlin Castro to end the inning. Washington threatened in the fifth as Victor Robles worked a leadoff walk and then moved up to second on an opposite field single by Jody Mercer. Davidson came right back and struck out Alex Avila and Patrick Corbin for the first two outs of the inning. He then got Trea Turner to ground out on a nice play by Ozzie Albies at second to end the threat.

Davidson issued another leadoff walk in the sixth, this time to Josh Harrison. He got Soto to fly out for the first out. Zimmermann then hit a rocket to third that Austin Riley was able to make a diving stop and strong throw on to nab the lead runner for the second out. Davidson then walked Starlin Castro which would be the last hitter he would face. Brian Snitker summoned Josh Tomlin from the bullpen who got Robles to fly out to left for the final out of the frame.

Davidson was strong again, allowing one hit over 5 2/3 scoreless innings. He walked five and struck out five. While some may feel the urge to point at those walks, a couple came on some really good at-bats by the Nationals. Davidson was able to bear down when he needed to and was otherwise in control throughout.

Atlanta’s offense finally came to life in the sixth and it was again Ronald Acuña Jr. that got things started. Acuña worked the count full against Corbin, who to that point had been pretty spotless, and lined a single to left. He then stole second and came around to score on a base hit by Albies to give the Braves their first run.

Riley was up next and he didn't waste any time, taking a first pitch fastball and muscling it down the right field line with an inside-out swing for a double that scored Albies to make it 2-0. That brought Dansby Swanson to the plate, who worked the count full and then barreled up a hanging slider from Corbin and drove it out to left for a two-run home run.

The hit extended Swanson’s hitting streak to a career-best 12-straight games and was the 500th hit of his career.

Tomlin worked a perfect seventh before the Braves tacked on another run. Acuña worked a one-out walk and then came around to score on an opposite field double by Albies that bounced high off the right field wall to push the lead to 5-0. Like Swanson an inning earlier, Albies notched his 500th career hit with the safety. A neat accomplishment to have two players achieve that feat in the same game.

Sean Newcomb struck out two in a scoreless eighth before giving way to Will Smith for the ninth. Smith struck out the first two hitters he faced before Mercer doubled off of Riley’s glove at third. Avila followed with a soft single to center that scored Mercer get Washington on the board. Smith then got Josh Bell to ground out harmlessly to second to end the game.

With the win, the Braves improve to 26-28 on the season and salvage a split in the series. Washington drops to 23-30. Atlanta will continue their homestand Friday when they open up a three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Ian Anderson will be on the mound for Atlanta while Los Angeles will go with left-hander Julio Urias.