Atlanta Braves’ A.J. Pierzynski rounds their base to congratulations by coach Bo Porter, left, during a home run against the Washington Nationals in the seventh inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, September 29, 2015, in Atlanta. However, that would be the only run the Nats would score against Wisler. Perez has posted a 2.92 ERA over his past four starts. Washington’s homegrown, hard-working starter was lifted for a pinch hitter after five innings of work on the mound against the Philadelphia Phillies in which he gave up six hits, three of them home runs, two walks and six earned runs. With runners on first and second and no outs in the ninth, Ian Desmond bunted into a 2-5-4 double play. The Braves have proven to be a much friendlier opponent for the veteran right-hander, who has allowed just one earned run over the 21 2/3 innings completed against Atlanta this year. Braves 1B Freddie Freeman, who has a small bone spur in his right wrist, was out of the lineup Wednesday and is likely to be limited to pitch hitting the rest of the season.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Braves, who avoided their first 100-loss season since 1988 with win No. 63. Pierzynski’s sixth home run of the season put Atlanta ahead 2-1.
Washington Nationals second baseman Trea Turner (7) throws to first… Nick Markakis leads Atlanta with 176 hits and 51 RBI while Andrelton Simmons and Cameron Maybin have combined for 100 RBI.
What could potentially be Jordan Zimmermann’s final start in Nationals Park as a National didn’t go the way the right-hander or the fans in attendance in wanted it to go.
Nationals: 3B Yunel Escobar was scratched from the lineup with back spasms. Los Angeles starts a four-game series in Texas Thursday to end the regular season. The Braves are 7-20 in their last 27 during game 2 of a series and 3-9 in Perezs last 12 starts. Everth Cabrera had been manning shortstop off and on for the Padres for a few years and showed flashes of greatness especially in making the All Star team in 2013, but was also soon caught for drug use and then we watched his season and personal life deteriate to the point of being released by the team at the end of the season. He now is the all-time Expos/Nationals leader for most walks in a single season, passing Ken Singleton.
SEATTLE – Shawn O’Malley damaged Houston’s playoff hopes with a two-run, bases-loaded single in the eighth inning that gave Seattle a comeback victory.