Harper’s slam to the upper deck came in the bottom of the third that gave the Nationals the insurmountable 4-1 lead and sent Strasburg to the mound in comfort.
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran delivers a pitch during the first inning of an baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Thursday, April 14, 2016, in Washington.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper has hit a grand slam to become the eighth-youngest player to reach 100 career home runs. A year ago was the first time Harper hit over 30 homers in a season.
With LF Olivera unavailable, the Braves recalled INF Daniel Castro from Triple-A Gwinnett and Kelly Johnson started in LF.
The Braves were held to five hits – all singles.
Nationals: RHP Joe Ross (1-0) faces Philadelphia for the first time in his career as Washington begins its second road series of the season.
Raisel Iglesias (1-1) allowed three runs on six hits and two walks over five innings. They tweeted out a picture of the replaced panel and let Harper know they are ready to “fix 100 more if need be”. Wisler pitched well, but those two mistakes ended up being the difference.
Tanner Roark pitched seven innings, Stephen Drew and Jayson Werth homered in the fourth and the Nationals defeated the winless Braves 3-0 on Wednesday night.
The Braves stranded seven base runners, and Freddie Freeman went 0 for 4, striking out twice. Minnesota has scored only 14 runs this season.
The 26-year-old first baseman says he’s “100 percent healthy”, but hasn’t had his normal bat speed so far, including in Tuesday night’s 2-1 loss to the Nationals and left-hander Gio Gonzalez.
Ramos helped make it 6-1 too.
In Toronto, Josh Donaldson hit a three-run home run, and Troy Tulowitzki added a solo shot for the Blue Jays.
In Arlington, Texas, Rougned Odor had a tiebreaking double in a five-run sixth inning and the Rangers beat Baltimore, handing the Orioles their second straight loss after a 7-0 start.
The Braves take the field in Washington on Thursday having lost their first eight games of the season, but those on-the-field struggles were overshadowed by worse news off the field Wednesday.