Was 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Atl 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 X 5
Date of game: 9/16/2012

Recap: Atlanta vs. Washington

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Mike Minor tossed six quality innings and the Braves knocked out Gio Gonzalez early to finish off a three-game sweep of the division-leading Nationals with a 5-1 victory.

The sweep, Atlanta's first of Washington since September 2009, pulled the wild-card leading Braves within 5 1/2 games of the NL East front-runners.

Minor (9-10) allowed just one run on five hits and two walks for the Braves, who had lost three straight entering the series.

Dan Uggla knocked in a pair, while Michael Bourn singled, walked twice and scored two runs on a rainy day at Turner Field.

"We're still 5 1/2 games back, but we all know anything can happen in this game. It's definitely a step in the right direction," Uggla said.

Gonzalez (19-8) trying to become the league's first 20-game winner, labored through five-plus innings and was charged with two runs on four hits and four walks.

"I wasn't pounding the strike zone," Gonzalez said. "I was nipping at corners, trying to be too perfect."

Bourn scored Atlanta's first run in the third inning on Chipper Jones' RBI single, and Freddie Freeman followed with a sacrifice fly to score Jason Heyward.

Bryce Harper led off the away sixth with ground-rule double, and Ian Desmond got Washington on the board with a two-out, RBI single. The run ended Minor's scoreless innings streak at 17 2/3.

The Braves added to their lead with three unearned runs in the seventh.

Bourn earned a one-out walk and raced to third when Ryan Zimmerman booted Reed Johnson's sharp ground ball to third.

Bourn showed off his speed again when he broke to the plate on Heyward's grounder to first. Adam LaRoche fielded the ball and decided to touch first before throwing home. His toss was slightly up the third-base line, allowing Bourn to slide in safely around Kurt Suzuki's tag.

After an intentional walk to Jones and a hit-batsman, Uggla singled through the left side to made it 5-1.

Cory Gearrin and Luis Avilan each threw a perfect inning of relief behind Minor, and Chad Durbin tossed a scoreless ninth to close out the win.

Game Notes

Minor is 3-0 in his last five starts ... This was Gonzalez's shortest outing since going 3 1/3 innings in a loss to the Mets on July 19 ... The Braves have nine sweeps on the season ... Washington won the season series, 10-8.

NASCAR News
Hamlin's No. 11 team hammered with severe penalties

NASCAR handed down severe penalties to Denny Hamlin's No. 11 team in the Sprint Cup Series on Tuesday after his Joe Gibbs Racing car failed post-race inspection this past Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Jays send Dan Johnson to DL

The Toronto Blue Jays announced Thursday that first baseman/designated hitter Dan Johnson has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a left hamstring strain.

Spaling, Penguins agree to 2-year contract

The Pittsburgh Penguins have avoided arbitration with Nick Spaling, agreeing to terms Thursday with the restricted free agent forward on a two-year contract.

Latest Sports Photos
Latest Sports Photos
0 Votes
a skydiver was injured when attempting to land in a pre game show at the Lookouts opening game on 4/3/2014

0 Votes
SEC Champions Alabama created by artist Ben Teeter S/N C.O.A. available for the dedicated Alabama fan!

1 Vote
first catch of the season looks like a good year

0 Votes
Gina McLeroy Spring City, TN

0 Votes
Our Son Brandon McLeroy MTSU Football 2011 Gina McLeroy Spring City TN

1 Vote
this is James Howard telling Gracie what to do.

0 Votes
Riverbend fun!

0 Votes
I nees a four letter word for the outside layer of a tree.

0 Votes
Cameron is a rising athlete. He has a God given talent for the game of football. This picture is of him stopping the ball carrier in our game in the ...

1 Vote
Our Lookout Valley 9/10 year old team went to a tournament in Knoxville called The Battle of the Rocky Top. They went throught the tournament undefeated and won the championship ...
Featured Partners
www.eastridgeretirementcenter.com
The newly modeled East Ridge Residence is a must see with its spacious comfortable apartments. Plus, 3 delicious meals daily, geriatric physician, home healthcare services and fun festive activities. Schedule your visit today!
www.ameripriseadvisors.com/james.m.scotchie
Together we can make a confident retirement possible. Simply click to get started with your private wealth advisor. Talk to Jimmy Scotchie, Certified Financial Planner.
www.comcast.com/cable-internet-packages.html
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
 
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Megan Wise Goes Outside
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.