WASHINGTON – Austin Riley Homered twice, rookie Spencer Strider allowed one hit over 5 2/3 innings and the Atlanta Braves won their 14th straight game 8-2 over the bottom-placed Washington Nationals on Wednesday night.
Orlando Arciastarting from second base at the site of the victim Ozzy Albisthere was a homer, three singles and a walk for the Braves, who deepened 13 times, outscoring the Nationals 27-11 in a three-game sweeping series.
“We seem to be on the mend right now, top to bottom,” Strider said. “Unfortunately we got Ozzy injured but Arcia stepped in right away and looked like he plays every day so he picked up Ozzy great and we’re in good shape now.”
As Albis left Monday’s game with a broken left leg, Arcia is 7 of 9 with four RBIs and three runs scored.
The Braves repeated their 14-game streak from July 26 to August. September 9, 2013 and one win away from setting a post-1900 franchise record 15-game streak from April 16 to May 2, 2000.
The rising Atlanta played out in four games to the East-leading NL Mets, who lost to Milwaukee.
Riley, who also had a single, hit two shots in the seventh and eighth innings, giving him 18 homers this year. He went 0 for 7 in his first two games in Washington.
“I told him, ‘It’s like, man, you’re suddenly pissed off,'” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “We just know what he is capable of. He’s learned to get along with himself and see each bat as a separate entity, and he’s very good at it.”
Strider (3-2) didn’t miss a shot until Luis Garcia homered right-center with two strikeouts in the fifth. The right-hander was lifted with two strikeouts in sixth and a runner in first who later scored.
In his 15th game of the season and fourth start, Strider gave up two runs due to one hit for a career-high 11 strikeouts and two walks on 106 pitches. He’d be happy to sacrifice strikeouts for innings.
“Thought I had everything I needed to get deeper into the game,” he said. “(But) a lot of two hit counts and I struggled to take some of the guys out. Where I needed to save the fields, I could not.
Washington starter Eric Fedde (4-5) went 5 1/3 innings for three runs on seven hits.
The Braves lead 1-0 in the fourth Michael Harris II extended his hitting streak to eight games with two singles.
After the nationals leveled 3-2 in the sixth match, Dansby Swanson went to open the seventh and Riley followed him with his first homer of the game to make it 5-2.
MISSING THE PARTY
The Braves dominated the series despite first hitter Ronald Acuna Jr. hitting 1 for 15 and the striker on the purge. Matt Olson finish 3 out of 15.
GARCIA IS GREAT
The Nationals shortstop extended his hitting streak to six games with the homer. During that time, he is batting .417 (10 of 24) with three RBIs and three runs scored.
Endures: Albis underwent surgery to stabilize a fractured left foot. … Snitker told RHP Colleen McHughlisted as affected by COVID-19 June 7, will join the team this weekend in Chicago.
Citizenship: RF John Soto missed his second game after hitting his right knee on the bench on Monday night. …SS Alcide Escobar (right hamstring strain) went 1 for 3 with a homer in his first rehab game with Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday.
Withstand: RHP Charlie Morton (4-3, 5.67 ERA) opens a three-game streak against the Cubs in Chicago. Morton is 4-6 with a 5.44 ERA in 16 career starts against the Cubs.
Citizens: LHP Patrick Corbin (3-8, 6.65 ERA) opposed to visiting Philadelphia on Thursday. Corbin, aiming for his third straight win, is 3-3 with a 4.05 ERA in 10 games against the Phillies since joining Washington in 2019.