Freddie Freeman lifts Braves past Nationals 9-8

ATLANTA (AP) - Freddie Freeman's single to right field drove in Martin Prado from second base in the ninth inning, lifting the Atlanta Braves to a 9-8 win over the Washington Nationals on Sunday.

Ryan Mattheus (2-1) walked pinch-hitter Brooks Conrad to start the bottom of the ninth. Jordan Schafer bunted Conrad to second before Conrad was thrown out at third on Prado's grounder to shortstop Ian Desmond. Prado stole second base before Mattheus issued an intentional walk to Brian McCann, who hit a three-run homer in the fifth.

Freeman lined a 1-0 pitch into right field and was soon in the middle of a celebration between first and second base after Prado easily scored the winning run.

Craig Kimbrel (3-2) gave up a walk and a single in a scoreless ninth.

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