Teheran's action on fastball made Nats' at-bats tough

The Nationals once again could not find a way to get to Julio Teheran. And with a big lead, the right-hander took advantage, lifting the Braves to an 11-8 win at Nats Park.

Teheran (6-7) finished 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits with two walks and six strikeouts for the win. He fired 104 pitches, 72 for strikes.

On July 19, Teheran carried a one-hitter into the sixth against the Nats at SunTrust Park. He gave up only one run on three hits over 5 2/3 frames, with no walks and five strikeouts.

The right-hander did it again Tuesday night, mixing his fastball and slider, keeping the Nats off the board while his club racked up the runs. The Braves led 9-0 after four innings.

Trea Turner went 0-for-3 against Teheran, striking out twice on the four-seam fastball and the slider.

Turner-Dugout-Blue-sidebar.jpg"For me, just the arm angle and the action on the fastball is different," Turner said of Teheran's delivery. "He's obviously not throwing 95 mph like some of the other guys, but plays up a lot and he's got good movement on it, kind of almost seems like it rises at times. Foul a couple of those off and you feel like you got to do more to get to it, and then he throws those sliders in there too. Just good mix and tough guy to square up."

Howie Kendrick doubled in the second and Erick Fedde singled in the third. But the Nats did not get another base hit again until the sixth inning, when they strung together three singles, highlighted by Brian Dozier's RBI single. But that was all they could do on a dominant night from Teheran.

"He attacked the strike zone," said Nationals manager Davey Martinez. "He was pounding the strike zone. Fastballs, sliders, he pitched well."

The Nats battled back with three runs each in the eighth and ninth frames, highlighted by homers from Juan Soto and Turner. Down 11-2, the Nats cut into the lead, climbing back to 11-8. But the deficit was too much to overcome. Turner has now reached base in nine straight games.

"It was great," Turner said of the comeback attempt. "I've said all year we got a deep lineup, compete, don't give at-bats away. For them to bring in three of their better pitchers and still put those at-bats together in kind of a lopsided game, I think, was awesome.

"Who knows, I think because we scored those runs today could affect the game tomorrow and, hopefully, in a positive manner for us."

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