Nats' two grand slams doom Braves

Posted April 20, 2017

Washington Nationals' Adam Eaton (2) steals second base as Atlanta Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips (4) handles the late throw during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Atlanta.

Washington slugger Bryce Harper owns Atlanta pitcher Julio Teheran and the same could be said about the Nationals against the Braves. The right-hander allowed six hits and three runs while striking out seven and walking one.

He also added two home runs - including his third-career grand slam - five RBIs, three runs scored and a walk.

"I like how he settled down and started getting the ball down, because early they were hitting some balls hard off him", Nationals manager Dusty Baker said.

Chris Heisey completed the at-bat for Werth in the third inning and flied out to center. Harper's seven career homers off Teheran are his most against any pitcher.

"It was just a bad day", Teheran said. "I didn't have it at all. I said, 'You're at 103 right now.' He said, 'I promise you I've got some more'". He's hit me really good and he's one of the best hitters. "But it's a long season". Washington SS Trae Turner (hamstring) played in an extended spring training game and will be activated during the weekend series in NY against the Mets.

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Werth suffered the injury when he checked his swing with one out in the third inning.

Foltynewicz didn't make it out of the fourth inning of his first start at Pittsburgh and was charged with six hits, two runs and three walks in a 5-4 loss. Gio Gonzalez tossed 7.1 innings, giving up 3 runs, 2 earned, on 5 hits with a pair of strikeouts.

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Shawn Kelley came in and retired Emilio Bonifacio on a fly to short right. He's got three saves, but his ERA climbed to 7.11. Freddie Freeman was the star of the game, going a ideal 4 for 4 with a pair of double and a pair of home runs with 3 RBI. He is 6-for-6 over the past two games, reaching base in his past 10 plate appearances while improving his batting average to.444. On a 3-1 pitch, he grounded sharply to shortstop Wilmer Difo, who started an easy double play to end the inning. This represented the first time the Nationals hit two grand slams in one game since Josh Willingham did it all by himself on July 27, 2009 at Milwaukee. After the teams began to leave the field and grounds-crew members came on the field with their postgame equipment, the umps convened and sent d'Arnaud back to the plate, where he whiffed on the next pitch to end it. The call was changed to a hit after the umpires huddled. The Nationals were upset over the call, which didn't affect the outcome of the game.

Sparked by the debut of their new suburban stadium, the Braves swept San Diego in a four-game series and climbed to.500 after a 1-6 start.

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