Share “Braves frustrated in 4-1 loss to Nats in 11”

Braves frustrated in 4-1 loss to Nats in 11

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 10, 2014 at 2:39 am •  Published: August 10, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) — It was another long night for the Atlanta Braves' bats — much longer than usual.

The Braves paid a stiff price for scoring only one run after loading the bases with no outs in the sixth inning.

Wilson Ramos' bases-loaded single sparked Washington's three-run 11th inning, and the Nationals beat Atlanta 4-1 on Saturday night.

The start of the game was delayed by 3 hours, 41 minutes, and the final out was recorded Sunday at 2:29 a.m.

The Braves, who snapped an eight-game losing streak with Friday night's 7-6 win over the Nationals, were frustrated by leaving 11 runners on base.

More offensive struggles wasted a strong start by Aaron Harang, who allowed one run in seven innings.

"It's tough, especially against a team that we know we're trying to make up ground on," Harang said.

The Nationals increased their NL East lead over Atlanta to 4½ games.

The Braves settled for one run after loading the bases with no outs in the sixth. Tommy La Stella scored on Jason Heyward's broken-bat fly ball to shallow center field.

"As an offense we've got to do a better job of getting more than one run," Heyward said.

Anthony Rendon and Adam LaRoche led off the 11th with singles against David Carpenter (4-2). After Braves left fielder Justin Upton made a leaping catch of Ian Desmond's liner, James Russell walked Bryce Harper to load the bases.

Ramos then drove in Rendon with a single up the middle off Anthony Vavaro, Atlanta's third pitcher of the inning. Devin Frandsen's double to right field drove in two runs to make it 4-1.

Ramos was initially ruled safe at home on the play, but the call was overturned following a replay challenge by Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez.

Tyler Clippard (7-2) pitched a scoreless 10th inning, and Rafael Soriano got three outs for his 26th save in 30 chances.

Washington's Tanner Roark and Harang opened with five scoreless innings before LaRoche led off the sixth with his 16th homer.


Newly inducted Hall of Famer Greg Maddux, and Chipper Jones were among the former Braves who played in a legends softball game. Jones, wearing shorts and striped socks, homered in his first at-bat. Maddux settled for a double. John Rocker and Ryan Klesko were among other players to easily clear the short fence for homers.

Continue reading this story on the...