ATLANTA (AP) – 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.
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