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Braves 3, Nationals 2

Published Apr. 30, 2013

ATLANTA — Andrelton Simmons hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the seventh inning then made an eye-popping play to start the ninth as the Braves beat the 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 with his no-decision.

Ian Desmond led 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 fired a strike from the seat of his pants that first baseman Freddie Freeman caught with a big stretch.

Desmond was called out and disagreed with the decision. Washington manager Davey Johnson came out to argue with umpire Tim Timmons.

Gerald Laird led off the Braves seventh with a walk from Tyler Clippard. Laird moved up on pinch-hitter Tyler Pastonicky's sacrifice bunt and was held at third on Jordan Schafer's single.

Simmons' fly ball to right allowed Laird to slide safely headfirst across the plate.