Rendon, Nationals slam 1st-place
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[July 30, 2019]
Anthony Rendon hit a grand slam
to break a sixth-inning tie, and Patrick Corbin allowed two runs in
six innings as the Washington Nationals beat the visiting Atlanta
Braves 6-3 on Monday.
Rendon (2-for-5) lofted a shot to left off reliever Chad Sobotka for
his 125th career homer and the third grand slam of his career. That
gave him 500 RBIs in his career with 23 homers and 80 RBIs this
season. He leads major league third basemen with a 1.020
Corbin (9-5) allowed five hits and a walk while striking out eight.
He has not lost since June 11.
Atlanta starter Dallas Keuchel (3-4) gave up four runs on six hits
with four walks and four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
After the Braves tied the game 2-2 in the top of the sixth,
Washington rallied in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Yan
Gomez walked and Adrian Sanchez singled. Sobotka replaced Keuchel
and struck out Trea Turner before walking Adam Eaton to load the
Rendon then unloaded on a 2-0 fastball.
The Nationals took a 1-0 lead in the first. Eaton was hit by a pitch
with one out and took second on a passed ball. He scored on a
two-out single by Juan Soto.
Washington doubled the lead in the second. Gomes led off with a walk
and took second on a sacrifice bunt by Corbin before Turner hit an
The Braves trimmed the deficit to 2-1 in the fourth when Freddie
Freeman (three hits) singled with one out and later scored on a
throwing error by Washington's Rendon.
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Braves starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) delivers pitch against
the Washington Nationals in the first inning at Nationals Park.
Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Adam Duvall's sacrifice fly drove in Freeman in the sixth to tie the
game at 2. The drive by Duvall was caught up against the fence in
left by Soto in front of the Braves bullpen. Also in the sixth, Josh
Donaldson got his 1,000th career hit as his single sent Freeman to
Wander Suero pitched a scoreless seventh for Washington, and
Fernando Rodney did the same in the eighth. Sean Doolittle pitched
the ninth in a non-save situation and gave up a solo homer to pinch
hitter Charlie Culberson.
--Field Level Media
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