Suzuki, Braves beat Nationals following long ‘no-rain’ delay

The Braves’ Kurt Suzuki celebrates after hitting a home run in the sixth inning Thursday. AP photo

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Kurt Suzuki homered to score the go-ahead run and Mike Foltynewicz quieted the Washington Nationals’ bats as the Atlanta Braves won 5-2 following an unusually dry rain delay that lasted more than three hours Thursday.

Suzuki’s solo homer in the sixth inning off Gio Gonzalez (7-4) broke a 2-all tie. It was Suzuki’s seventh home run of the season; the Baldwin High School graduate also doubled and scored in the fourth inning.

Freddie Freeman’s second RBI double of the game and 1,000th career hit extended the Braves’ lead during a two-run seventh.

Despite negligible rain, the series opener was delayed for 3 hours, 5 minutes. But the grounds crew didn’t put the tarp on the infield until 74 minutes after the scheduled start time, and only a very brief, light shower hit Nationals Park before the first pitch was thrown at 10:10 p.m. local time.

“This No-Rain delay is something I’ve never seen before!!” Braves outfielder Ender Inciarte tweeted during the delay.

As a reward for fans who stuck around, Washington gave away free soda, ice cream and water.

Foltynewicz (7-5) allowed two runs on eight hits and a walk in six innings. Jim Johnson pitched a perfect ninth for his 19th save of the season.


From Maui to the Majors

Statistics for Baldwin graduate Kurt Suzuki of the Atlanta Braves:

THURSDAY: 2-5, 2 runs, RBI, HR, 2B. Doubled to deep right, scored in fourth inning; hit solo homer to left in sixth.

SEASON: .244 batting avg. (30-123), 7 HR, 22 RBIs, 16 runs, 8-29 on SB attempts against.