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ATLANTA BRAVES’ WINNING STREAK ENDS AT FIVE, ROME BRAVES FALL TO TIM TEBOW AND FIREFLIES

Written by Matt Davis on April 19, 2017. Posted in Sports

The Atlanta Braves fell to the Washington Nationals 3-1 on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series at SunTrust Park, ending a five-game winning streak for Atlanta.  It marked the Braves’ first loss at their new ballpark.

Mike Foltynewicz ended up on the losing end of a pitchers’ duel with Max Scherzer.  Foltynewicz gave up two runs and five hits, walked four and struck out three over seven innings en route to the loss for Atlanta.  Scherzer got the win for Washington after limiting the Braves to two hits, giving up no runs, walking three and striking out seven in seven innings. Shawn Kelley was credited with the save.

The game remained scoreless until the fifth inning at which time the Nationals scored a pair of runs on RBI singles from Wilmer Difo and Adam Eaton.  They added insurance with an RBI double from Ryan Zimmerman in the eighth.  Nick Markakis scored the Braves’ lone run of the night on a bases loaded walk by Kurt Suzuki in the ninth.  Chase d’Arnaud struck out to end the ballgame, ending Atlanta’s hopes of making a comeback.

The Braves will face the Nats again tonight at 7:35 pm.  The game will be broadcast on WLAQ AM 1410.  Air time for pre-game programming is 6:20 pm from the Atlanta Braves Radio Network.

Tim Tebow and the Columbia Fireflies beat the Rome Braves 8-3 on Tuesday night at State Mutual Stadium in a game that was shortened to eight innings due to rain.  The teams will conclude their three-game series with a special Education Day game this morning at 10:30 am.

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