Reaction: Washington Nationals Continue To Dominate Braves

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Apr 13, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Tanner Roark (57) throws to the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 13, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Tanner Roark (57) throws to the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 13, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Tanner Roark (57) throws to the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 13, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Tanner Roark (57) throws to the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports /

With their win over the Braves last night, the Washington Nationals have now won 13 straight home games against the Braves

Even on a night where Stephen Strasburg was scratched from his start due to an illness and Anthony Rendon and Ryan Zimmerman were both out of the starting lineup, the Washington Nationals still found a win to beat the Atlanta Braves, 3-0 and improve their record to 6-1.

With Strasburg out, the Nats turned to Tanner Roark for his second start of the year on his regular rest. However, his second start worked out better than the first because his routine wasn’t interrupted by almost a 90 minute rain delay.

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With last night’s win, the Nationals have now won 13 straight against the Braves and are 17-5 in their last 22 games against Atlanta. So far this series, the Nationals have kept Freddie Freeman in check this series as he has not had a hit in nine at-bats. So far, the Braves have only scored 22 runs (second fewest in the National League). While the Nats have only had 26 runs, their runs have come in more timely fashion.

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The offense managed just four hits last night, but they had two key hits in the bottom of the fourth inning when Stephen Drew and Jayson Werth both hit home runs against Matt Wisler for the game’s only runs. Wisler pitched well, but those two mistakes ended up being the difference.

So, before Julio Teheran takes on either Stephen Strasburg or Yusmeiro Petit this afternoon at 4:05 p.m (MASN), here are my three takeaways from last night’s 3-0 win:

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