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MLB: Braves run winning streak to 4 by beating Nationals

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Adam Duvall and Freddie Freeman combined to drive in five runs and spark the Atlanta Braves to an 8-4 win over the visiting Washington Nationals on Friday and extend their winning streak to four games.

Duvall, acquired from Miami at the trade deadline, went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and three RBIs. Since rejoining the Braves, Duvall is 5-for-24 (.208) with a home run and six RBIs in seven games.

Freeman was 3-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBIs. Third baseman Austin Riley went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and extended his streak of reaching base to a career-best 19 straight games dating to July 18.

Atlanta starter Kyle Muller pitched 4 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on two hits and two walks, with three strikeouts. But the rookie left-hander had control issues and was charged with three wild pitches.

The winning pitcher was Edgar Santana (2-0), who struck out the only batter he faced to end the fifth inning. Chris Martin, Luke Jackson and Tyler Matzek each pitched a scoreless inning. Jesse Chavez allowed a run in the ninth.

Washington starter Erick Fedde (4-8) also worked 4 2/3 innings and allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits and one walk. He struck out three. Fedde’s career record against Atlanta dropped to 0-4.

Washington has lost five straight games.

The Braves scored two runs in the first inning on Duvall’s single to right.

The Nationals got single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings to grab a 3-2 lead. Tres Barrera scored the first run on a wild pitch, Carter Kieboom singled home the second run, and Fedde knocked in the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly.

Atlanta rallied for three runs in the fifth to take a 5-3 lead. The uprising began with two outs and started when Jorge Soler reached base on catcher’s interference. Riley later drove in a run on a single to center, Dansby Swanson got the next run home on an infield single, and Duvall drove in a run with a double.

The Braves added three insurance runs in the eighth on Freeman’s two-run single and Riley’s sacrifice fly.

–Field Level Media

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