Garcia, Wisler pace Braves in rain-shortened win


"It's just a matter of not taking any start for granted".

Atlanta is averaging 5.1 runs per game since August 2, and center fielder Ender Inciarte and third baseman Adonis Garcia combined to go 5-for-8 with five runs scored Saturday.TV: 1:35 p.m. ET, MASN (Washington), FSN South (Atlanta) PITCHING MATCHUP: Nationals RH Joe Ross (7-4, 3.49 ERA) vs. Braves RH Matt Wisler (6-12, 5.00) Ross has not pitched in the majors since July 2 due to shoulder inflammation, and a return to health could make him a valuable option for the Nationals in the postseason.

He allowed just three hits over six scoreless innings against the Braves in a no-decision April 12 and is 4-8 with a 4.70 ERA in his career against Atlanta. Two delays totalled 2 hours, 57 minutes.

Washington has dropped two straight and needs any combination of six Nationals wins and six New York Mets losses to earn its third NL East title in five years. Garcia followed with a two-run single and Freeman scored him with a double. After Trea Turner had four hits and scored four runs and Max Scherzer won his fifth straight decision in Friday's 7-2 win, the Nationals lowered their magic number to six with 15 games remaining. He faced a limited lineup as Baker gave sluggers Daniel Murphy and Anthony Rendon the day off and used Ryan Zimmerman as a pinch-hitter. "Today I came out aggressively and made them put the ball in play". "They were swinging kind of early". He appeared in 16 games, starting 13 of them.

Ross originally hit the 60-day disabled list back on July 3 due to a shoulder issue.

3B Adonis Garcia had three hits and matched his career high with three RBIs. He was Arizona's opening-day starter previous year and was making his first big league start since July 7, 2015 for Arizona. He gave up three singles to begin the third, but retired the next three batters to escape the jam. "Felt good, and that's the main thing I was concerned with today. As long as I can keep going deep in the game that is important".

Atlanta made it 3-0 by pushing across two runs across in the fourth, one on Dansby Swanson's RBI double, the other on a single by Garcia. He hasn't made a start since lasting 2 1/3 innings in a September 7 start against the Braves.

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Joe Ross (7-4) is to start Sunday for the Nationals and RHP Matt Wisler (6-12) for the Braves. After the first delay ended, Bryce Harper's single off Ian Krol scored Werth.

The 6-4, 225-pounder has started 16 games, going 7-4 with a 3.49 ERA in those appearances.

The Braves will now head to NY where they will open a three-game set on Monday. Since returning from a three-week stay in the minor leagues, Wisler has been effective in three of four starts, allowing two or fewer runs in three of those starts.

"I'm coming to expect it, quite honestly", Braves interim manager Brian Snitker said of Inciarte, who leads the majors with 87 hits since the All-Star break to raise his average to.293.

LF Matt Kemp singled in his first at-bat to extend his hitting streak to 10 games, one short of his season-best.

Washington RHP A.J. Cole (1-2) is scheduled to make his sixth start and first in his career against Miami.