The Atlanta Braves put together another ninth inning rally, but the extra innings fell to 8-7 for the Washington Nationals.
As has become the norm, the Braves quickly retreated as the nationals jumped on Josh Tomlin. After a double lead by Adam Eaton and a walk by Trey Turner, Juan Soto paid Tomlin with a line-to-double and gave it a 2–0 right. Washington was not eliminated as Eric Tames followed with a single and pushed Soto ahead 3–0.
The Nationals added to the lead in the third as Turner led off with a double and then picked up his eighth steal of the third swiping season. Soto brought him home with an opposite field single to make it 4–0. The Thames swung to get out first, but Soto advanced to second. A ground from Brock Holt pushed Soto into third and he came on to score unilaterally by Yan Gomes 5–0.
Eventually the Braves broke from fourth place but also suffered significant losses. Nick Markakis hit the right one to twice. Ozzie Albis moved to bring Ronald Acuna Jr. to the plate. Acuña will foul one ankle down and into his ankle and will have to help get off the field. Fortunately, X-rays on Acuna’s ankle were negative and are considered day-to-day.
Ender Inciarte replaced Acuña in the box and flew to the right for the second out. However, Freddie Freeman again came up the middle with a quick single that put Markkis 5–1. Marcel Ozuna followed with a run-scoring hit of his own that made it 5–2, but Travis D’Arnaud struck out to end the inning.
Josh Tomlin would retire the nationals in the fourth order and dropped out of the game after conceding seven runs and five runs in four innings. He killed two jerks and walked one.
Tyler Matzek took over for Atlanta on the mound in the fifth and quickly retired Turner and Soto, but Thames tagged him for a solo homer to right center that extended Washington’s lead to 6-2. Matzek recovered and struck Holt to end the frame.
Eric Fedde counted a high pitch and ran, as he allowed six runs and two runs in two innings. Fedday scored five runs and scored four runs but the Braves could not get the big hit they needed.
Atlanta would get the right to work against the citizens’ bullpen in the sixth. Alliades went out to start the innings but three straight singles from Insiarte, Freeman and Ozuna loaded the bases. Washington manager Dave Martinez replaced Rene Harper with Kyle McGuinn, who immediately landed D’Arnaud for a tough bat. Dansby Swanson then worked on a walk-off from McGowin to score a 6-3 loss to Insatiarte, but Austin Riley finished third to end the threat.
In the eighth, who cut to near eighth as Atlanta Crepe, away from Will Harris connected for an opposite field homer.
The Nationalists answered correctly in the eighth when Gomes left Will Smith for a 7-4 lead.
As has happened for most of the season, Atlanta will not go quietly in the ninth against Daniel Hudson. Hudson retained the first two batsmen he faced before Albis at the right center gap. Hudson then drove Insierte and Freeman to load the bases. Ozuna would be brought to the plate that gave up a solo single in the 7-6 loss to both Albies and Insierte to score.
After dropping 14 men on base through the first eight innings, Atlanta bounced back when Darwen pitched a reverse field to tie the game at 7-7 to correct it.
Hudson was able to recover and swiftly came on the field to shortstop Swanson to end the inning. Shane Green made two rounds of Soto in the bottom half of the inning to send the game to extras.
After the 10th score, Bahadur missed another chance in the 11th. Albies split a bunt for a single and stole second to keep runners on second and third. Kyle Finnegan then hit Inciteert for the first out and issued a free pass to Freeman to load the bases. Ozuna came to the plate, but popped out on the shallow right side. D’Arnaud finished second to end the inning.
Atlanta loaded the bases again in the 12th against National Right-hander Jason Bourque, but Nick Markakis moved to second place to Turner, who made a double play. Grant Dayton took over for the Braves in the bottom of the inning. Adam Eaton opened the inning on second base and finished third on a long fly ball from Turner. The Braves intentionally drove Soto to set up a double play. Dayton then dismissed Josh Harrison, but allowed the opposite field to Michael Taylor, who scored Eaton to end the game.
Atlanta had plenty of finishing opportunities with 14 hits and 12 walks but left the season 22 men on base. They will try to get back into the winning column when the series concludes on Saturday night with Ian Anderson against Patrick Corbin.