Braves defeat Nationals, earn first win in D.C. since 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Atlanta Braves used home runs from Jace Peterson, Freddie Freeman and Anthony Recker to beat the Nationals 8-5 on Friday night, snapping a 14-game losing streak in Washington.
Mike Foltynewicz (6-5) allowed four runs over 5 2-3 innings as Atlanta won for the 11th time in 17 games.
Jim Johnson pitched the ninth for his 10th save in 13 tries.
Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg (15-3) struggled at home again, surrendering six runs in 5 1-3 innings. The National League leader in victories has a 9.00 ERA over 16 innings in his last three outings (all losses) at Nationals Park.
Atlanta had not won in Washington since Sept. 10, 2014, and was 0-6 against the NL East leaders this season. But they generated plenty of offense in the opener of a three-game series.
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