As you would expect a first-place NL East team to do, the Atlanta Braves bounced back to even the series with Washington Friday night inside SunTrust Park. Josh Donaldson erased Victor Robles' game-tying, two-run home run with his walk-off single in the ninth. Atlanta improved to 59-40 and increased its lead over the Nationals to 6.5 games with a 4-3 final.
Consider these notes as Washington grinds through a pivotal series in Atlanta:
Washington's first-year lefty didn't have his best stuff going Friday night in Atlanta. Patrick Corbin tossed just five innings allowing eight hits, two runs, two walks on 100 pitches. He struck out five Braves on his 30th birthday.
The Nationals' third baseman has brought new meaning to the word 'consistency' all year long in his first season as an All-Star. Two games into this four-game series in Atlanta, Anthony Rendon has five hits, a walk, and 2 RBI.
Victor Robles brought the fireworks in the ninth at SunTrust Park. The 22-year-old delivered a game-tying, two-run home run off Luke Jackson. The long-ball traveled a whopping 446 feet.
The Fernando Rodney experience was alive and well. Davey Martinez made the questionable decision to bring his 42-year-old back out in the ninth for a second consecutive inning. It backfired. Just 14 of his 32 pitches were thrown for strikes.
SP Max Scherzer: Back, Expected to be out until at least Jul 25
RP Jonny Venters: Back, Expected to be out until at least Jul 26
SP Jeremy Hellickson: Shoulder, Expected to be out until at least Jul 20
RP Justin Miller: Shoulder, Expected to be out until at least Jul 20
RP Koda Glover: Elbow, Expected to be out until at least Aug 7
RP Austen Williams: Shoulder, Expected to be out until at least Jul 26
Saturday 7/20: Nationals at Braves, 7:20 p.m., SunTrust Park
Sunday 7/21: Nationals at Braves, 7:20 p.m., SunTrust Park
Monday 7/22: Nationals vs. Rockies, 7:05 p.m., Nationals Park
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