Braves lose their ninth in a row

• WASHINGTON 15, ATLANTA 1: Ryan Zimmerman continued his torrid stretch with three hits and four RBI, Jordan Zimmermann pitched six solid innings and the Washington Nationals opened a seven-game homestand with a rout of the Braves.

Washington moved within six games of the first-place New York Mets, who were off Thursday, in the NL East.

The Braves have lost nine straight and 16 of 17.

Over his past 11 games, Zimmerman, who was 3-for-3 on Thursday, is 17-for-42 (.405) with seven homers and 23 RBI.

Clint Robinson was 2-for-4 and had four RBI, while Yunel Escobar had three hits and drove in three runs.

Bryce Harper tied a career high with walks in all four of his plate appearances, and he scored four runs. He joined Larry Doby (1951), Joe Morgan (1973) and Rickey Henderson (1989) as the only players to score four runs without an official at-bat since 1914, according to STATS.

Associated Press