The Atlanta Braves fell to the Washington Nationals 7-3 on Sunday afternoon in the last outing of a four-game National League East set in Washington DC. That denied a series sweep for the Braves, who also saw a 14-game winning streak in DC come to an end.
The Nationals scored four runs off Spencer Strider during the bottom of the second inning to include a two-run single by (former Brave) Ehire Adrianza and a two-run homer by Victor Robles.
The Braves scored three runs in the top of the fourth on an RBI double from Matt Olson, a sac fly by Eddie Rosario, and an RBI double by Adam Duvall. But the Nats added insurance with a ground out from Adrianza in the fourth, an RBI single by Maikel Franco in the sixth, and a solo home run from Juan Soto in the eighth and went on to secure the victory in DC, again, by a final score of 7-3.
Strider was charged with the loss for Atlanta after surrendering five runs and four hits, walking two, and striking out four through just four innings. Steve Chisek picked up the win for DC.
Atlanta is now 56-38 on the ’22 season and is still in second place of the NL East, two and a half games back from the division-leading New York Mets (who lost to the Chicago Cubs on Sunday). Washington remains in last place at 31-63.
The Braves will join the rest of Major League Baseball in observing the All-Star break through the next several days and will return to action this Friday evening on their home field at Truist Park as hosts to the Los Angeles Angels. First pitch is scheduled for 7:20 pm. Listen on WLAQ 1410 AM or 96.9 FM; air time is 6:05 pm.