Braves Offense Remains Anemic Against Washington

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Doug Fister pitched seven shutout innings, leading the Washington Nationals to a 2-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Monday night in the opener of a three-game series between the top teams in the NL East.
Adam LaRoche had two hits, and Ian Desmond and Anthony Rendon each drove in a run for Washington, which increased its division lead over Atlanta to eight games.
Atlanta began play trailing the Pirates by a half-game for the second NL wild card.
Fister (13-6) had lost three straight starts, but Monday night he regained the form that made him one of Washington’s most reliable starters.
He allowed two singles and three walks, struck out three and retired 13 of 14 during one stretch.
Drew Storen struck out the side in the ninth for his second save in two days.
Mike Minor (6-10) allowed two runs and seven hits in six-plus innings for the Braves.
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