the republic logo

Doug Fister can't overcome rocky 4th inning as Nationals handed rare loss by Braves, 4-1

bug
Share/Save/Bookmark

ATLANTA — One bad inning was enough to spoil Doug Fister's night and end the Nationals' long streak of dominance over the Braves.

Fister gave up two homers in Atlanta's four-run fourth and Washington couldn't recover against rookie in a 4-1 loss to Atlanta on Wednesday night.

and hit back-to-back homers off Fister (3-4). Pierzynski's was a two-run shot to right field.

"I'm pretty sure I left it over the plate," Fister said. "He was pretty much sitting on it I think and he got it."

Uribe then hit a 3-0 pitch over the wall in center.

"It was kind of a challenge and he was up to the challenge," Fister said.

The loss ended a streak of nine straight wins for Washington in the season series with the Braves.

Other than the fourth inning, Fister was sharp as he allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings.

"He kept us in the game," Nationals manager said. "We were able to extend him into the sixth inning, so that's good. We just didn't have enough offense tonight to help him out."

The start of the game was delayed 2 hours, 9 minutes by rain.

Wisler (2-1) issued five walks but allowed one hit in 5 1-3 scoreless innings. He lost to Fister and the Nationals last week in Washington.

Wisler had a run-scoring single in the big fourth inning, his first career hit.

Wisler and five relievers combined to allow only four hits. had two strikeouts in a perfect ninth for his 22nd save.

The Braves beat Washington for the first time since the opening game of the season series on April 27 — also against Fister.

"It felt good," Wisler said. "I think we've struggled against these guys for a while so to get a good win, hopefully our confidence rolls into tomorrow and we can get some winning going."

The Nationals took only their second loss in their last 11 games, a span that included sweeps of the Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Nationals had runners on first and third with one out in the third and sixth innings. Each time the inning ended with a double-play grounder — from Yunel Escobar in the third and Wilson Ramos in the sixth.

Denard Span's single off drove in Ian Desmond in the seventh. With two outs and runners on first and third, struck out Danny Espinosa.

BANUELOS PROMOTION

Braves manager announced after the game LHP will be recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to start on Thursday night. Rookie RHP Ryan Kelly was optioned to Gwinnett.

HUSTLE FOR HARPER

Williams said before the game he spoke with OF Bryce Harper about not running hard to first base on a fly ball in Tuesday night's win.

"I spoke to him today," Williams said. "It's important for him to be passionate about the way he plays. In every aspect. ... He'll be out there again today and I guarantee if he hits one in the gap he'll go hard."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: 1B (left foot plantar fasciitis) hit and fielded grounders but still has some soreness and wasn't ready to run the bases as he continued his rehab with Class A Potomac. "He's progressing. It's still there," Williams said.

Braves: 1B (bruised right wrist) is scheduled for more treatment on Thursday. Freeman is eligible to come off the 15-day DL on Friday but is expected to need more recovery time.

UP NEXT

Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer will face the Braves for the first time since joining the Nationals. Scherzer was 1-2 in six games, including four starts, against the Braves while pitching for Arizona and Detroit.

Braves: Banuelos, a former Yankees prospect, was 6-2 with a 2.29 ERA at Gwinnett. He came to Atlanta in the offseason deal that sent RHP and LHP Chasen Shreve to the Yankees.

PHOTO: Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper (34) reacts after swinging strike, on his way to striking out during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Atlanta. Atlanta won 4-1. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper (34) reacts after swinging strike, on his way to striking out during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Atlanta. Atlanta won 4-1. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

Story copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to info@ap.org and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.


Photo Gallery:
PHOTO: A Turner Field security guard keeps watch during   rain delay before and inning of a baseball game between Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Click to view (6 Photos)

All content copyright ©2015 The Republic, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.