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Rachel Hardy
April 20, 2017

Braves: RHP Julio Teheran (1-0) gets his second start of the homestand, looking to follow up a victory in the first game at SunTrust Park.

"We'll see how he is tomorrow", said Nationals manager Dusty Baker. Gonzalez allowed four hits, two of which were erased by double plays with the next batters, and walked one while throwing just 87 pitches. Bryce Harper stole the show, going 3 for 5 with a pair of home runs and 5 RBI.

His third-inning grand slam just cleared the reach of leaping Braves center fielder Ender Inciarte.

Harper added two more homers to his deep collection off Teheran, including a grand slam that helped the Nationals overcome Freeman's latest blast off them and propel them to a 14-4 victory tonight at SunTrust Park. He has a 0.95 ERA over his first three starts, allowing just two earned runs in 19 innings. Washington SS Trae Turner (hamstring) played in an extended spring training game and will be activated during the weekend series in NY against the Mets.

OF Matt Kemp (right hamstring) is eligible to come off the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday.

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Atlanta scored a run against Nationals closer Blake Treinen and had the bases loaded with one out. Treinen, who has a 7.11 ERA with three saves in four chances, will shift to a setup role.

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman - somehow quietly - has not made an out since the fourth inning of Sunday's game against the Padres. He pounced on the first pitch he saw from the Colombian right-hander - a 91-mph fastball over the heart of the plate - and swatted it over the wall in right-center field in the first inning to give Washington a 1-0 lead. Only Jeff Burroughs (11 in 1978) has a longer streak for Atlanta. He's reached base in 10 consecutive plate appearances, the longest such streak for the Braves since Jason Heyward reached base in 10 straight in August 2010. Scherzer moved the runner along with a sacrifice bunt, setting up Adam Eaton's run-scoring hit to centre. The Braves did not immediately have records for that statistic from their time in Boston and Milwaukee. It was the first time the Nationals slugged two grand slams in the same game since July 27, 2009. The Braves left the field, the Nationals were shaking hands, and the grounds crew had already wheeled out the equipment when officials said the game was not finished.

Joe Ross, recalled from Triple-A Syracuse, got plenty of support from Harper and Ryan Zimmerman in Washington's 20-hit outburst.

Somehow Bucknor called a foul tip on a pitch d'Arnaud missed by several inches. The Nationals have won all six games he started against Atlanta since the beginning of the 2016 season.

Sparked by the debut of their new suburban stadium, the Braves swept San Diego in a four-game series and climbed to.500 after a 1-6 start. Bucknor, who has been named the worst umpire in baseball multiple times in player surveys, was behind the plate for last night's 3-1 Nationals win over the Braves.

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