Washington Nationals (49-42, second in the NL East) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (47-45, third in the NL East)...
Philadelphia Phillies (39-32, second in the NL East) vs. Washington Nationals (33-38, fourth in the NL East)...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — On a day when Anibal Sanchez didn't have his best command, he found a way to help the Atlanta Braves on their march toward the postseason.
Sanchez kept the Braves close with six strong innings, pinch-hitter Tyler Flowers drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth, and the Braves moved closer to clinching the NL East with a 2-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday.
Washington got a gift Thursday afternoon in its desperate attempt to stay relevant in the National League East, and, in a rarity of late, they took advantage of that good fortune.
Atlanta starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez, 10-1 in his career against the Nationals, was forced to leave the game after the second inning as a precaution to a left calf contusion.