Suzuki helps Braves topple Nationals

Kurt Suzuki

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kurt Suzuki broke out of his hitting slump with a two-run homer as the Atlanta Braves defeated the Washington Nationals 13-2 on Wednesday.

Suzuki’s home run — his fourth of the season– in the third inning off Tanner Roark (6-4) snapped an 0-for-19 slump. The Baldwin High School graduate added a single in the seventh for his first multi-hit game since May 23.

Julio Teheran earned his third consecutive victory as the Braves took two of three from the National League East-leading Nationals to end a three-series losing streak.

“It’s a tough place to win,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. “It’s a very good team and we were coming off a rough series at home. Guys responded well. We started swinging the bats and the bullpen did a great job. It was a good series for us.”

Brandon Phillips had four hits and three RBIs for the Braves, who had dropped seven consecutive road series against the Nationals.

Teheran (6-4) matched a season high with seven innings, allowing six hits and one walk while striking out three.

Washington lost its second consecutive series and finished 2-5 on its homestand.

“It was a tough homestand,” Nationals manager Dusty Baker said. “This is not the kind of homestand you want to exhibit in front of your home fans.”