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Braves rally past Strasburg and Nats for 6-2 win

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 6, 2014 at 12:01 am •  Published: April 6, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the sound of fireworks going off in the distance, the Atlanta Braves lit up Stephen Strasburg.

The pyrotechnics were part of Washington's annual Cherry Blossom festival. The Braves beating the Nationals in the spring is also becoming a tradition around here.

Julio Teheran allowed two runs in seven solid innings and had two hits, and Atlanta knocked out Stephen Strasburg in the fifth inning, as the Braves beat Washington 6-2 on Saturday night.

Atlanta is 7-0 against the Nats the last two Aprils.

"That's our goal, to win every series. We've put ourselves in a position to sweep now," Dan Uggla said.

Uggla had a two-run single for the Braves and Freddie Freeman reached base five times with two hits and three walks.

"I don't even want to talk about last year," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "When you pitch and catch the baseball it's a really good combination to win baseball games."

Teheran (1-1) limited Washington to three hits, including a two-run home run by Adam LaRoche. The Braves right-hander was aided by a spectacular throw by B.J. Upton, who caught a liner to medium center by Bryce Harper and threw out Jose Lobaton at the plate for an inning-ending double play in the fifth.

Strasburg (0-1) allowed eight hits, three walks and three earned runs in 4 1-3 innings.

Teheran walked four and hit a batter, but he compensated with six timely strikeouts and two solid singles to right field, the first of which drove in the tying run with two out in the bottom of the fourth inning and contributed to the early exit for Strasburg.

"He's resilient," Gonzalez said. "I don't worry about him anymore. When he gets his back up against a wall he seems to elevate his game a little bit."

Atlanta always seems to elevate its game against Strasburg, who has a 3-5 record against the Braves. No other team has handed the right-hander more than three losses in his career.

It was the second shaky outing of the year for the Nationals right-hander. Strasburg allowed a pair of home runs in a no-decision in Washington's 9-7 opening day victory over the Mets.

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