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Dansby Swanson stays hot with two-run HR as Braves top Nationals 5-0

ATLANTA — Dansby Swanson is rising as a brand new energy contributor in an Atlanta Braves lineup that already leads the main leagues in residence runs.

Swanson saved up his energy surge with a two-run homer in Atlanta‘s four-run sixth inning, and the Braves beat Patrick Corbin and the Washington Nationals 5-1 on Thursday.

Swanson prolonged his hitting streak to a career-best 12 video games. He has 5 homers in that stretch, together with in back-to-back video games in opposition to Washington. The homer landed about midway up the left-field seats, his tenth this season.

“You forget this kid has some serious power, too,” Braves supervisor Brian Snitker stated.

Swanson, 27, is in his sixth season and is on tempo to simply surpass his excessive mark of 17 homers in 2019.

“He works and he believes,” second baseman Ozzie Albies stated. “It’s a matter of when he starts clicking. He keeps believing in himself and believing in his swing.”

Left-hander Tucker Davidson, recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett for his second begin this season, gave up one hit in 5 2/3 innings with 5 walks and 5 strikeouts.

“I just think each start I get I feel a little more comfortable,” Davidson stated.

Atlanta had two hits off Corbin (3-5) in 5 scoreless innings earlier than discovering success in opposition to the left-hander within the sixth.

Ronald Acuña Jr. began the inning with a single, stole second and scored on Albies’ single that skipped past left fielder Josh Harrison for an error. Austin Riley drove in Albies from second base with a double down the right-field line.

Corbin allowed 4 runs, six hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings, leaving his ERA at 6.28.

“Obviously we were cruising there until the sixth,” Corbin stated. “I still felt good and thought I made some pitches. … I left the slider up there to Dansby. It was frustrating because I felt really good and wanted to keep us in the game.”

Albies drove in two runs with three hits, together with a double off Sam Clay within the seventh. The shot off the right-field wall drove in Acuña, who walked.

Josh Tomlin (3-0) threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings after changing Davidson within the sixth. With two outs within the ninth, Jordy Mercer doubled off Will Smith and scored on Alex Avila’s single up the center.

The Braves and Nationals cut up the four-game collection. Atlanta has received seven of 10 within the season collection.

Davidson escaped issue within the fifth, when Victor Robles led off with a stroll and moved to second on Jordy Mercer’s single to proper subject for the Nationals’ first hit. Davidson recovered by putting out Alex Avila and Corbin earlier than Trea Turner’s groundout ended the inning.

Swanson‘s homer and Albies’ double gave every infielder 500 hits.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Nationals: LF Kyle Schwarber was held out of the lineup. He left Wednesday evening’s recreation after his proper knee locked when diving for a ball. Manager Dave Martinez stated Schwarber’s knee “was still a little tender” earlier than the sport. Schwarber took swings within the indoor hitting cage throughout the recreation in case he was wanted to pinch hit. “He’ll take some more swings tomorrow and see how he feels,” Martinez stated.

Braves: IF Johan Camargo was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett to clear a roster spot for Davidson to be recalled. Camargo has no hits in 15 at-bats with six strikeouts this season.

NO OFFENSE

The Nationals fell to 6-24 when scoring not more than three runs, together with the 2 losses within the collection in opposition to the Braves. “We’ve got to get some consistency in our lineup and hit like we’re capable of hitting,” Martinez stated. “I know we can hit.”

DEFENSIVE GEM

Riley delivered the defensive play of the sport within the sixth when he made a diving stop of Ryan Zimmerman’s grounder close to third base. Riley threw from his knees to Ozzie Albies at second base to pressure out Harrison.

UP NEXT

Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer (4-4, 2.34) will attempt to proceed his success at Philadelphia when Washington opens a collection in opposition to the Phillies on Friday evening. Scherzer is 5-1 and Washington is 7-1 in his eight begins at Citizens Bank Park since becoming a member of the Nationals in 2015.

Braves: RHP Ian Anderson (4-2, 3.27) is scheduled to begin when Atlanta opens a weekend collection in opposition to LHP Julio Urias (7-2, 3.61) and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday evening.

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