Nats make it two of three at NL East-leading Atlanta

washington nationalsWashington’s 1-4 hitters had a combined 11 hits, and Anibal Sanchez and three relievers made the effort stand up in a 5-3 Nats’ win Saturday night in Atlanta.

The win was the second in three games in the series with the NL East-leading Braves, who still have a five and a half game lead on Washington heading into the series finale Sunday night.

Sanchez (6-6, 3.80 ERA) wasn’t exactly lights-out, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks in five innings in the win.

The Nats bullpen, which had struggled mightily earlier in the week, surrendering eight runs in the final two innings of a 9-2 loss to Baltimore on Wednesday, was stellar on Saturday in Atlanta.

The pen put in four scoreless innings, allowing just three Braves baserunners.

Sean Doolittle (21 saves, 2.85 ERA) picked up the save, retiring five straight Atlanta hitters in an inning and two-thirds, striking out two.

Matt Adams (15) hit a solo homer in the fourth.


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