Braves Down Nationals in Game One of Double Header For First Win of the Year

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WASHINGTON (AP) – The Atlanta Braves snapped their season-starting four-game losing streak by edging the Washington Nationals 7-6 in a doubleheader opener with the help of three hits from Ronald Acuña Jr. and a save by Will Smith a night after he gave up a walk-off hit. Smith, Atlanta’s fifth pitcher, didn’t have an easy time of things. The first batter he faced was Juan Soto, whose RBI single in the ninth inning delivered a 6-5 victory for Washington on Tuesday. This time, Soto led off the bottom of the seventh by walking, Starlin Castro drove him in with a double to cut Atlanta’s two-run lead in half. But Smith got a double play to end it.

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