Freeman's 3 hits lead Braves past Nationals 6-3

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 12, 2014 at 10:48 pm •  Published: April 12, 2014
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ATLANTA (AP) — The Braves keep finding ways to beat the Nationals, who now must find a way to overcome a sudden wave of injuries.

Freddie Freeman had three hits, including a homer, and Atlanta beat Washington 6-3 on Saturday night to continue its early success against the Nationals.

Washington third baseman Ryan Zimmerman left the game with a broken right thumb and is expected to miss four to six weeks. Nationals leadoff hitter and center fielder Denard Span was placed on the seven-day disabled list before the game with a concussion.

"It is what it is. Nobody is going to feel sorry for us," manager Matt Williams said. "You've got to play."

B.J. Upton had two hits, including his first homer, and Dan Uggla drove in two runs with two hits for Atlanta.

After winning two of three at Washington in the opening week, the Braves have won the first two games of a weekend home series against their NL East rivals. Since the start of the 2013 season, Atlanta has won 17 of the last 24 games in the rivalry.

Braves left-hander Alex Wood (2-1) allowed one run on six hits and three walks in five innings. Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his fifth save.

Upton, who began the night hitting .135, and Uggla, batting .162, finally got untracked.

"It was good to see some of the guys start putting good at-bats together," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "B.J. had four good at-bats."

Justin Upton had three hits, including two doubles, to extend his tear at the plate. Evan Gattis also had three hits.

Washington starter Taylor Jordan (0-1) allowed five runs on 10 hits and two walks in five innings.

"I just wasn't hitting my spots, and they capitalized on that," Jordan said.

Washington's Anthony Rendon hit his second homer leading off the game.

Zimmerman was hurt diving back to the bag when he was picked off second base in the fifth.

"I think he did it on the bag," Williams said. "It's unfortunate, but we've got to step forward from here."

Following Zimmerman's exit, Rendon moved from second base to third and Danny Espinosa entered the game at second base.

"It's not our first choice, certainly, but the fact they can play multiple positions is good in times like this," Williams said.

Span had headaches following a collision on the basepath with Uggla on Friday night.