Williams and the Washington Nationals dominate the struggling Atlanta Braves, securing a 3-1 victory

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Jarred Kelenic watches the ball after hitting the ball

Trevor Williams teamed up with four relievers to limit Atlanta to five hits, leading Washington to a 3-1 victory over the Braves on Thursday night. This marked the Nationals’ first four-game series win against the Braves since 2016.

Williams, who improved to 5-0, only allowed four hits and one run over 5 2/3 innings. This continued his impressive streak of giving up no more than one earned run in seven of his last eight starts, bringing his ERA down to 2.22.

Washington’s manager Dave Martinez expressed the significance of the win, especially taking three out of four games against a tough opponent like Atlanta.

The Braves, known for their consistent performance, have dominated the season series against the Nationals for the past six years. However, Nationals first baseman Joey Meneses highlighted the confidence boost this win provides for his team.

Eddie Rosario mades an error against Jarred Kelenic

The Nationals sealed the victory with Kyle Finnegan closing the ninth inning, despite a tense moment when Ozzie Albies stole second base.

Meneses played a pivotal role in the third inning, driving in two runs with a double off Ray Kerr, who suffered his second loss of the season. The Nationals’ aggressive baserunning, including three stolen bases in the same inning, showcased their commitment to an aggressive play style.

Martinez emphasized the team’s focus on utilizing stolen bases as part of their identity and strategy. Jesse Winker and Jacob Young’s successful thefts of third base in that inning set the stage for Meneses’s timely hit, securing the win for Washington.


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