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Braves squeak out another win over Nationals

6:57 PM, Sep 15, 2012   |    comments
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Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - With the bases loaded and one out in the eighth inning, Andrelton Simmons was hit by a pitch to force in Jeff Baker with the game-winning run, lifting the Atlanta Braves to a 5-4 triumph over the Washington Nationals on Saturday.

David Ross singled before Dan Uggla and Chipper Jones each drew a walk to load the bases.

Simmons, who scored the winning run for the Braves on Friday, faced a 2-2 count before he was plunked by Ryan Mattheus (5-2). Baker replaced Ross as a pinch-runner earlier in the frame.

Washington put a runner on third with one out in the ninth, but Craig Kimbrel was able to strand pinch-runner Eury Perez to seal the win. It was his 36th save of the season.

Jason Heyward cracked a two-run homer and Freddie Freeman added a solo shot for Atlanta, which has won two in a row on the heels of a three-game skid. They are 6 1/2 games behind the NL East-leading Nationals, but remain on top in the wild card standings.

Eric O'Flaherty (3-0) earned the win after pitching a perfect eighth.

Adam LaRoche homered and Jayson Werth had two hits and scored a run for the Nationals.

 

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