|Washington Nationals relief pitcher Ryan Mattheus sits in the dugout after hitting the uniform of an Atlanta Braves batter with the bases loaded, forcing in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, in Atlanta. The Braves won 5-4. (AP Photo/David Tulis)|
Mattheus struggles late in Nationals loss
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez brought in Luis Avilan, who ended the threat with one pitch when Freeman fielded Bryce Harper’s grounder and threw to second for the forceout.
Tom Gorzelanny got the final two outs of the sixth for Washington. Christian Garcia retired two batters in the seventh, but had runners on first and third when Mike Gonzalez entered and struck out Heyward.
Notes: Jones entered as a pinch-hitter for 3B Juan Francisco in the sixth and stayed in the game, going 0-for-1 with a walk. ... The official scoring was changed after the game regarding Jackson’s bunt single in the second. The play was initially ruled a sacrifice bunt. ... The Braves activated RHP Ben Sheets from the 15-day disabled list before the game. Sheets, 34, will pitch out of the bullpen for the first time in his 10-year career. ... Ross replaced Brian McCann as the Atlanta catcher before the top of the third and threw out Lombardozzi trying to steal second in the fourth. McCann left with tendinitis in his right hamstring. ... Nationals LHP Gio Gonzalez will go for his 20th victory on Sunday. LHP Mike Minor pitches for Atlanta. ... The Braves won just their third series in their last 14 with Washington.