ATLANTA — Travis D’Arnaud broke the scoreless tie in the fourth innings with a two-run homer, dansby swanson The eighth went deep, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Tuesday night to secure a playoff berth.
The defending World Series champion Braves secured their trip to the post season when Milwaukee lost 7-5 to the New York Mets in less than 30 minutes. Atlanta (93–55) are also vying for a fifth consecutive division title, but finished second in the NL East, one game behind the Mets.
Swanson adds his 21st homer, single shot right off of an opposite field. Kyle Finnegan who covered 379 feet and took a 3-1 lead. The Braves have won 10 games in a row at home, beating opponents 47–15 on this stretch. Atlanta is 52–25 at Truist Park and has the NL’s second-best win percentage in home games.
Matt Olson D’Arnaud singled out in the fourth before hitting his 18th homer, a 422-foot shot from Erasmo Ramirez (4-2) that made it 2-0.
Charlie Morton (8-6) Allowed one run and three hits with three walks and nine strikes in 5/1/3 innings. He didn’t give up the hit until Victor Robles Singles with one of the third. Robles advanced on a throwing error by Morton on a pickoff move, but Morton knocked out the next two batsmen to end the threat.
Morton avoided trouble in the 31-pitch fourth. He issued a pair of two-out walks, and the runner proceeded on a wild pitch before Morton was hit. CJ Abrams With a pitch for loading bases. 38-year-old right handed batsman dismissed eldemro vargas To avoid jam.
The last-placed Nationals took a 2-1 lead in sixth place. Joy Menesis Morton doubled on the single from chasing Luke Voight and reached third place. Colin McHugh Got a chance to get out of the jam, but the second baseman von grissom A possible double play made an error throwing at the grounder which scored Menis and put the runners in second and third places.
McHugh retired the next two batsmen to avoid further damage.
Morton improved to 6-1 at the start of the season with a 2.88 ERA in 15 homes.
Kenley Janssen The ninth faced seven batters, saving his NL-leading 36th in 43 chances. The first two batsmen left the infield without a ball before Jensen dismissed the next two batsmen. Luis Garcia made it 3-2 with a run-scoring single, Menis went deliberately, and luke voite With the bases loaded it flew to the end.
Atlanta is 26-8 against Washington over the past two years. The Braves have gone deep against the Nationals 35 times this season and lead the NL with 224 homers.
Washington starter Patrick Corbin Left the game with two outs in the first with an undisclosed injury. He had a 1-1 count on Matt Olsson when Corbin stepped back from the mound and leaned over and time was called. Manager Dave Martinez and a coach came out to watch about Corbin, who soon left the field under his own power.
Ramirez took over and retired five in a row before Grissom reached an infield single in third. Corbin had nine consecutive starts against Atlanta and had a 7.28 ERA over that stretch.
Nationals: Martinez said DH Nelson Cruz (swelling in eyes) still unprepared to face big league pitching and will be out of lineup until ready. … LHP McKenzie Gore (left shoulder swelling) reported no problems after his bullpen session and will begin rehab with Triple-A Rochester on Friday.
Braves: RHP spencer strider There is a left oblique pain and he will not make his next start in Philadelphia on Saturday. Manager Brian Snitker said Strider would not go on the injured list and would play catches until he was ready to return to rotation.
Atlanta SS Dansby Swanson made a sliding, backhand stop of Menis’ hard grounder in the fourth and threw the runner off the outfield grass with ease. … Robles ran hard to his left in center field and made a diving catch of d’Arnaud’s liner to finish in sixth place.
Brave Rookie RHP Bryce Elder (1-3, 3.67 ERA) will make its seventh start as the teams end the three-match series with a 12:20 start at 12:20 p.m. The Nationals have yet to announce a starter. martínez