Three-run 8th inning lifts Nationals over Braves 9-7
WASHINGTON (AP) Pinch-runner Michael A. Taylor scored the go-ahead run on catcher Tyler Flowers' throwing error as part of a three-run eighth inning and the Washington Nationals defeated the Atlanta Braves 9-7 on Tuesday night.
Taylor pinch-ran after Braves reliever Jose Ramirez (2-2) walked Ryan Zimmerman. Taylor stole second and, after Danny Espinosa's walk, scored when an off-balance Flowers threw pinch-hitter Ben Revere's bunt attempt well to the left of third baseman Adonis Garcia.
Trea Turner then hit a two-run single for Washington, which beat Atlanta for the 13th time in 15 meetings this season.
Koda Glover (2-0) retired the only two batters he faced to earn the victory, while Mark Melancon earned his 39th save in 42 opportunities.
Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper secured his first career 20 homer-20 steal season with a stolen base in the seventh.