The Braves clinched the series win and won their fourteenth consecutive game at Nationals Park.
Before the game, news broke that Austin Riley was added to the All-Star team, as Nolan Arenado decided to sit out with a minor injury. Riley is now the sixth Braves player on the team.
The Braves jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the 3rd, as Robinson Cano led off with a double. After a Harris groundout, Dansby reached on a Josh Bell error as his foot came off the base. Matt Olson followed with an opposite field 3 run homer that carried over the left field wall, his 17th. Austin Riley made it back to back as he lined a homer to center, his 27th homer, and is one shy of Andres Gallarraga’s franchise record of 28 before the All-Star Break.
In the 4th, Washington cut the lead in half. Soto singled, and Bell followed with a triple to score Soto. Bell scored on a groundout from Keibert Ruiz. In the 6th, that same part of the order struck again. Cesar Hernadez, Soto, and Bell hit 3 consecutive singles to make it 4-3.
Max Fried finished with another strong start, as he went seven innings allowing the three runs on no walks and four strikeouts. He did not allow a homer.
With a narrow lead, the Braves added some insurance in the 7th. Harris led off with a walk, and stole second. Dansby doubled to right center, just missing a home run, but Harris easily scored from second. 2 batters later, D’Arnaud knocked in Dansby with a single to center for the 2nd run of the inning, making it 6-3.
After around a two hour rain delay, Jesse Chavez and Kenley Jansen made short work of the Nationals in the 8th and 9th to finish the game.
The Mets swept the Cubs in a doubleheader today, so the Braves actually lost half a game in the standings, now trailing by 2.5. The Braves go for the four game sweep of the Nationals tomorrow afternoon in the final game before the All-Star break. Spencer Strider will get the start for Atlanta at 1:35, and it looks like Washington will do a bullpen game. The MLB draft is also tomorrow night.