Pitcher Julio Teheran leads Braves past Nationals

Atlanta 6, Washington 2

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Atlanta's Julio Teheran delivers an RBI single in the fourth inning. He had two hits for the Braves and limited Washington to three hits in seven innings to even his record at 1-1.  ALEX BRANDON/ASSOCIATED PRESS
ALEX BRANDON/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Atlanta's Julio Teheran delivers an RBI single in the fourth inning. He had two hits for the Braves and limited Washington to three hits in seven innings to even his record at 1-1.

WASHINGTON — 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 the Washington Nationals 6-2 on Saturday night.

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

Teheran (1-1) limited Washington to three hits in seven innings, one of them a two-run home run by former Brave 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 Jose Libation out 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 (0-1).

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.

Against the Braves, Strasburg had a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning, but third baseman Ryan Zimmerman’s two-out, two-run throwing error paved the way for two unearned runs.

In the next inning, Strasburg was sent to the dugout after allowing a walk and four consecutive singles.

The hits were supplied by Chris Johnson, Justin Upton, Uggla, and Ryan Doumit. Andrelton Simmons brought home the final run with a sacrifice fly off reliever Aaron Barrett.

• Nationals pitcher Doug Fister, who is out with a lat strain, might get some throwing in today for the first time since he was placed on the 15-day disabled list on March 29. “Through exercise he feels pretty good,” manager Matt Williams said.

“The test is going to be throwing and extending in a controlled environment.” . Illness is going around both clubhouses. Braves C Evan Gattis, who homered on Friday, was out with flu-like symptoms, but was available to pinch hit. Nationals P Gio Gonzalez is battling illness. His next start is set for Tuesday against the Marlins. .. Wood is the first left-hander the Nationals will face this year.

TODAY’S GAME

WHO: Atlanta (Alex Wood 1-0, 1.29) at Washington (Taylor Jordan 0-0, 0.00)

TIME/TV: 1:35 p.m./Fox Sports South


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