Papelbon goes two innings, earns win in dramatic extra-inning 5-2 win vs. Braves

The Nationals grabbed a dramatic victory in 10 innings Friday, thanks to a pinch-hit three-run homer from Michael A. Taylor, a 5-2 win over the Atlanta Braves. Jonathan Papelbon (3-1) notched his first win as a National by extending to two innings, allowing two hits but no runs while striking out one. "He's a gamer," said left-hander Matt Thornton, who got two critical outs in ... read more

Nats game blog: Nats need Tanner Roark to keep it going against the Braves

The Nationals look for their eighth straight win against the Braves this season in D.C. as they take to the field Friday night. Right-hander Tanner Roark will put on his starter cap for only the seventh time in 2015 tonight against Atlanta so Stephen Strasburg can have a couple of more days to rest. Last season, Roark won 15 games as a starter. Roark is ... read more

Taylor gets another day off, Barrett has Tommy John surgery

Center fielder Michael A. Taylor is getting one more day off to rest his right knee and is not in the starting lineup. Taylor originally hurt the knee last weekend and then banged it again early in the week in the series at St. Louis. Manager Matt Williams said the move is precautionary. "We got to make sure," Williams said. "Yesterday, when we showed up ... read more

Jordan Zimmermann's low pitch count in win helps prep for Mets

Oftentimes, starting pitchers say they don't let the amount of runs their offense is scoring during their outing alter what they are trying to do on the mound. But when your team scores 10 runs in the first three frames, it doesn't hurt. Right-hander Jordan Zimmermann struggled with his control a bit early, he allowed three walks to the first five Atlanta hitters he faced, ... read more

Robinson on Ryan Zimmerman after 15-1 crushing of Braves: "He's a rock in the lineup"

The Nationals picked on a battered and bruised Atlanta Braves club Thursday night in a 15-1 laugher, scoring 10 runs in the first three frames. The 14-run advantage marked the largest margin of victory in Nationals history. First baseman Ryan Zimmerman continued his feverish hitting with a 3-for-3 performance, including two doubles and four RBIs. In his last 11 games, Zimmerman has 23 RBIs, going ... read more

Nats game blog: Nats look to continue roll vs. Braves as four-game series begins in D.C.

The Nationals return home with a chance to get on a roll against a struggling Atlanta Braves squad. The Braves are 54-79 and have lost 15 of their last 16 games. Washington comes home after going 1-2 against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Nationals led 5-3 in each of the first two games of the series, only to fall 8-5 each time. But Jonathan Papelbon ... read more

As A.J. Cole returns to Nats, adjustment in mechanics has made big difference

Right-hander A.J. Cole is back with the Nationals and is hoping an adjustment he has made in his mechanics will pay big dividends. Cole made three appearances for the Nationals early in the year in late April and May. He tossed 9 1/3 innings and allowed 14 hits and six earned runs, finishing with a 5.79 ERA. "I did figure out what I was struggling ... read more

Skole, Voth, Marmolejos and others headline minor league update

We've seen more power from Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs first baseman Matt Skole. The 26-year-old Skole hit two homers, with four RBIs, in a Syracuse 7-1 dispatch of Buffalo. The Chiefs hit three homers off of Bison starter Todd Redmond. They blew it open in the seventh. Up 2-0, Skole launched a solo homer. Kevin Keyes then cranked one over the fence in left field to ... read more