Braves Walk It Off Against Nats


Pinch-hitter Charlie Culberson hit a game-ending two-run homer to lift the Atlanta Braves to a 4-2 win over the Washington Nationals on Sunday.

It was the second time this week that Culberson homered to win a game and marked Atlanta's ninth win in its last at-bat. The NL East-leading Braves have scored 109 runs in the seventh inning or later, most in the NL.

Tanner Roark (2-6) pitched the ninth in his first relief appearance this season, giving up Dansby Swanson's double and Culberson's second long ball.

Of Culberson's eight career homers, four have ended a game. He also has four career pinch-hit homers. Swanson's fifth homer made it 2-all off Shawn Kelley.

Braves closer Arodys Vizcaino (2-2) allowed his first two batters to reach in the ninth, but Mark Reynolds lined out and Vizcaino struck out Brian Goodwin and Michael Taylor.

The Nationals went up 2-1 in the third when Wilmer Difo reached on Swanson's throwing error and Trea Turner went deep for the seventh time.

Turner's homer was the 89th allowed by Braves starter Anibal Sanchez since the start of 2015, but he gave up only two other baserunners -- a double and a walk to Taylor. Sanchez struck out five in seven innings.

First baseman Reynolds' throwing error in the first caused starter Jeremy Hellickson to drop the ball as he covered the bag on Ozzie Albies' grounder. Hellickson immediately clutched the back top of his leg and walked slowly off the field with an apparent hamstring injury.

Rodriguez, recalled from the minors earlier in the day with Tim Collins on the paternity list, retired Freddie Freeman on one pitch before Markakis' two-out single made it 1-0. He settled down to finish with three strikeouts and four hits and two walks allowed in 4 2/3 innings.

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