WASHINGTON -- The Braves erupted for 16 hits -- including four from Brandon Phillips -- to defeat the Nationals, 13-2, at Nationals Park for their first series victory in Washington since 2014. The top of Atlanta's lineup -- Ender Inciarte, Phillips and Nick Markakis -- combined to hit 10-for-16 with
WASHINGTON -- The Braves erupted for 16 hits -- including four from Brandon Phillips -- to defeat the Nationals, 13-2, at Nationals Park for their first series victory in Washington since 2014. The top of Atlanta's lineup -- Ender Inciarte, Phillips and Nick Markakis -- combined to hit 10-for-16 with seven runs scored and six RBIs.
"Man, you just want to keep scoring because you never felt like anything was safe," Braves manager Brian Snitker said.
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Julio Teheran put together his second consecutive strong start by allowing two runs in seven innings, handing the Nationals their fifth loss in six days. Both runs came in the second inning when Brian Goodwin notched his third home run in four games.
"Good thing that we got the early lead," Teheran said. "That is something that's always big for the starting pitcher. I was trying to hold the score."
Tanner Roark entered the game with a 1.95 ERA in 15 career appearances against the Braves, but he gave up seven runs over five innings. The right-hander said he was holding onto the ball too long before throwing. The Nationals bullpen, which came in with the worst ERA in the National League, surrendered six runs in the seventh frame.
"This is not the type of homestand you want to exhibit in front of your home fans," Nationals manager Dusty Baker said. "But you know, maybe we will go back on the road and get our act together, because we are one of the best road teams around."
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Braves pounce on Roark early: The Atlanta lineup didn't waste any time getting into gear. The Braves put up four hits and three runs in the first inning off Roark, setting the tone for what would be a banner day for the offense. The game started with a single by Inciarte, an RBI double from Phillips, an RBI single by Markakis and, two batters later, a Matt Adams RBI single to make it 3-0. With the early lead in hand, the Braves wouldn't look back the rest of the day.
"[Roark] is just so tough on us all the time," said Snitker. "We scored the three runs early, and I don't remember ever scoring three runs off him [in a game]. He's so competitive and he pitches. It's the first time that I can remember really getting him for any runs."
Teheran sets up Braves' big seventh: Teheran may have had a solid day on the mound, but it was his work at the plate that helped put the Nats away. With two outs in the top of the seventh inning, Washington elected to walk the bases loaded to face the Braves starter with hopes of keeping it a 7-2 game. Instead, Teheran worked the count full and drew a walk off reliever Trevor Gott to score Adams, setting the stage for what would ultimately be a six-run frame.
"He's thrown the ball well," Baker said of Gott, who allowed five runs in 1 2/3 innings. "We just had to stay with him longer than we wanted to because we were about bullpen preservation. We have a big series coming up against the Mets. And you certainly don't want to go in there with your whole bullpen tired and beat up, so after a while we're just trying to preserve our bullpen for this next seven games."
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The Braves' 13 runs Wednesday were the most they scored against the Nationals since their 13-0 win on June 27, 2007.
Braves: After a day off on Thursday, Atlanta will head back home to SunTrust Park to face another NL East rival in the Miami Marlins. The three-game set kicks off Friday night at 7:35 p.m. ET and will pit left-hander Sean Newcomb (0-1, 0.00 ERA) against Dan Straily (4-4, 3.89 ERA).
Nationals:Giovany Gonzalez, who's 9-1 with a 1.62 ERA in 14 career games at Citi Field, will start for the Nationals when they begin a four-game series against the Mets at 7:10 p.m. ET on Thursday. The Nationals and Mets have finished first and second in the division the past two seasons, though the Mets have been bogged down by injuries in '17.
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Kyle Melnick is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, and covered the Nationals Wednesday.
Daniel Shiferaw is a contributor to MLB.com based in Washington, and covered the Braves Wednesday.