"Gio's probably been one of the best pitchers in the game this year, so it was nice to be able to get to him," Freeman said. "We did make him throw a lot of pitches in the first inning, and we were able to capitalize when we got guys on, and I think that's the name of the game."
Freeman shows off some power: On his 28th birthday, Freeman launched his longest home run of the season in the third inning when he turned a fastball from Gonzalez into a 443-foot, three-run home run into center field. It gave the Braves a 4-0 advantage and continued Freeman's assault on Nationals pitching. In eight games against the Nats this season, he is batting 14-for-37 (.378) with four home runs and 13 RBIs.
"Boy, he continues to hit us hard," Baker said.
Braves: Atlanta will tap rookie lefty Luiz Gohara (0-1, 13.50 ERA) Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. ET at Nationals Park. The 21-year-old prospect will look to rebound after a rough MLB debut against the Marlins in which he allowed six runs over just four innings.
Nationals: Max Scherzer will take the mound Wednesday night against the Braves. He has dealt with a few nagging injuries during the past few weeks, but when he has taken the mound, he has continued his NL Cy Young Award-worthy season.
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Daniel Shiferaw is a contributor to MLB.com based in Washington who covered the Braves on Tuesday.
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