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Braves end 4-game skid, beat Nationals 3-2

April 30th, 2013 - By Steve James

Andrelton Simmons hit a tiebreaking

sacrifice fly in the seventh inning, then made an eye-popping play

to start the ninth as the Atlanta Braves beat the Washington

Nationals 3-2 on Monday night and ended their four-game losing

streak.

Atlanta beat the Nationals for the eighth straight

time dating to last season. The Braves swept three games at

Washington earlier this month.

Washington’s Stephen Strasburg ended his career-worst

streak of losses in four straight starts. He allowed two runs in

six innings.

Ian Desmond off the ninth with a slow grounder that

Simmons charged. The Atlanta shortstop slipped as he fielded the

ball and fell on his backside, but somehow fired a strike to first

base from the seat of his pants. Desmond was called out on a close

play, and disagreed with the decision.