ATLANTA (AP) — Wilson Ramos’ bases-loaded single sparked Washington’s three-run 11th inning, and the Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 4-1 on Saturday night.
The start of the game was delayed by 3 hours, 41 minutes, and the final out wasn’t recorded until Sunday at 2:29 a.m.
Anthony Rendon and Adam LaRoche led off the 11th with singles against David Carpenter (4-2). After Braves left fielder Justin Upton made a leaping catch of Ian Desmond’s liner, James Russell walked Bryce Harper to load the bases.
Ramos then drove in Rendon with a single up the middle off Anthony Vavaro, Atlanta’s third pitcher of the inning. Devin Frandsen’s double to right field drove in two runs to make it 4-1.
Ramos was initially ruled safe at home on the play, but the call was overturned following a replay challenge by Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez.
Tyler Clippard (7-2) pitched a scoreless 10th inning, and Rafael Soriano got three outs for his 26th save in 30 chances.
LaRoche’s homer in the sixth gave Washington a 1-0 lead, but the Braves tied it in the bottom half.
The Nationals increased their NL East lead over Atlanta to 4 1/2 games.
Washington’s Tanner Roark and Atlanta’s Aaron Harang opened with five scoreless innings before LaRoche led off the sixth with his 16th homer.
The Braves settled for one run after loading the bases with no outs in the sixth. Roark walked Tommy La Stella, allowed a single to Freddie Freeman, and then walked Justin Upton. La Stella scored on Jason Heyward’s broken-bat fly ball to shallow center field.
LaRoche’s homer was the only run allowed by Harang, who gave up seven hits with two walks in seven innings.
Roark also lasted seven innings, allowing one run, six hits and three walks.
Nationals: Right fielder Jayson Werth was scratched from the lineup as he continues to be slowed by a sore right ankle and right shoulder. He also missed Friday night’s game. He walked as a pinch-hitter in the 11th. … Outfielder Steven Souza, who hurt his shoulder in a collision with the right-field wall and left Friday night’s game, entered as a pinch-runner for Werth.
Braves: Shortstop Andrelton Simmons’ sprained left ankle is improving. Gonzalez said Simmons might play by Tuesday. Simmons was no longer wearing a soft cast, but had the ankle wrapped. … Right-hander Shae Simmons, on the disabled list with a right shoulder strain since July 27, said he “felt really good today” throwing in the outfield. He still hasn’t thrown off a mound.
Nationals: Left-hander Gio Gonzalez will try to end a streak of four straight losses in his last five starts at Turner Field on Sunday night. He won his first two career starts in Atlanta before a long string of bad luck. Gonzalez has received one run of support in each of his last five starts in Atlanta.
Braves: Left-hander Alex Wood will look for his first win since July 20. Wood is 0-2 in his last three starts, dropping him to 7-9 with a 3.20 ERA for the season. Wood is 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA in two starts against Washington this season.
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