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Braves hit Gio Gonzalez, Nats hard in shutout

MLB.com - Wednesday 13th September, 2017

Julio Teheran lines a single to right field and Dansby Swanson hustles from second and executes a beautiful slide to score in the 6th inning

"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.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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