The Atlanta Braves defeated the Washington Nationals 5-2 on Monday night in the first match of a three-game National League East series at Truist Park, marking the fourth win in a row for the Braves. Atlanta remains a game back from the division-leading New York Mets (who beat the Milwaukee Brewers to clinch a playoff spot on Monday night).
Austin Riley got the Braves on the board with a solo home run off of Cory Abbott during the bottom of the first inning.
The Braves notched three more runs in the fourth on RBI singles from Travis d’Arnaud and Michael Harris II, in addition to a sac fly by William Contreras. The Nats got on the board in the top of the fifth on a sac fly by Victor Robles and an RBI double from Alex Call. Eddie Rosario increased the Braves’ lead to 5-2 with a lead-off home run in the seventh.
Kyle Wright picked up his MLB-best 19th win of the season for Atlanta after surrendering just two runs and eight hits, walking one, and striking out seven through six innings of work. Kenley Jansen secured his 35th save. Abbott was charged with the loss for Washington.
The Braves improved to 92-55 with 15 games remaining in the 2022 regular season. They will face the Nationals again tonight at Truist Park. First pitch is scheduled for 7:20 pm. Listen on WLAQ 1410 AM or 96.9 FM; airtime is 6:05 pm.