ATLANTA – Kyle Wright won his major league-leading 19th game as Austin Riley and Eddie Rosario homered as the Atlanta Braves beat the Washington Nationals 5-2 on Monday night.
The defending World Series champs won their ninth straight home game, 92-55. Atlanta trailed the No. 1 New York Mets in the NL East on day one.
Wright (19-5) won his sixth straight decision, allowing two runs and eight hits, one walk and seven strikeouts in six innings. The Warriors improved to 22-6 in Wright’s starts this season, including a seven-game winning streak. Wright threw 64 of 88 pitches.
Riley hit his 37th homer in 14 games this year, second in the NL and his eighth against the Nationals. He went deep in Corey Abbott’s first game, his 368-foot shot barely clearing the wall in left field. Rosario connected Steve Cishek to 5-2 in the seventh with his fifth homer moving 392 feet to the right.
The bottom-ranked Washington fell 51-96 and lost for the seventh time in nine games.
Wright is 3-0 with a 3.15 ERA in three games against the Nationals this year. The No. 5 overall pick in 2017 gave up a single at Nos. 1, 2 and 4, but didn’t put a runner into scoring position until Ildemaro Vargas doubled to start the fifth.
Vargas progressed on CJ Abrams’ single and scored on Victor Robles’ sacrificial flight. Wright issued his lone walk before Alex Kaul doubled down on Abrams to cut the lead to 4-2. Wright gave up singles to Joey Menezes and Vargas in the sixth, but beat Lelia Adams to end the threat.
Jesse Chavez faced the minimum in the seventh, Rysel Iglesias faced four hitters in the eighth, and Kenley Jensen had 42 chances for his NL-leading No. 1 Throwing a perfect ninth with 35 saves.
The Warriors scored a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter. Riley walked and advanced on Matt Olson’s double, finishing 0-for-22 before scoring on Travis d’Arnaud’s single. Michael Harris II was followed by the RBI single. He grabbed second place and advanced to third thanks to a throwing error from Adams and scored on William Contreras’ sacrificial flight.
Atlanta outscored opponents 39-12 during their home streak. The last time the Warriors won their nine-game winning streak was a modern-record 13-game home win streak in 2019. With a 51-25 record at home, the Warriors are second in the nation in home winning percentage.
Facing Atlanta for the first time, Abbott (0-3) allowed four runs and six hits in four innings, and his ERA rose 51 to 5.70 in seven games this season.
Menezes went 4 for 4, and every single of his hits was a single.
The Warriors improved to 11-3 against Washington this season.
Nationals: Manager Dave Martinez says DH Nelson Cruz (eye inflammation) is doing better after taking eye drops, but it may take a few more days to rejoin the lineup. … LHP MacKenzie Gore (inflamed left shoulder) will throw the bullpen on Tuesday. If all goes well, he will begin rehab at Triple-A Rochester. … C Keibert Ruiz (testicular contusion) and RHP Cade Cavalli (right shoulder inflammation) travel with the team but are not expected to return this season. … RHP Victor Arano (right shoulder strain) catches the ball.
Wright is bidding to become the first Warriors pitcher to lead the NL to a win since Las Ortiz won 21 games in 2003. The last Atlanta pitcher to lead a major league win was Tom Gravin in 2000. The Hall of Famer won 21 times that year.
Warriors RHP Charlie Morton (8-6, 4.17 ERA) will face LHP Patrick Corbin (6-18, 6.11) as the teams play the second game of a three-game series on Tuesday.
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