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Recap: Braves 0, Nationals 3
Boxscores    Line Movements    BT Movements
Game: 3
Venue: Nationals Park
Date: June 21, 2014 7:15 PM EDT
  

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Braves knew they were entering a pitcher's duel. However, Atlanta starter Julio Teheran never found the comfortable rhythm Washington counterpart Doug Fister settled in to.

Fister pitched eight shutout innings and outlasted Teheran as the Nationals beat the Braves 3-0 victory on Saturday night.

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Atlanta had moved into first place in the NL East after continuing their dominance over Washington by winning the first two of the four-game series. They fell a half-game behind the Nationals due to miscommunication between Teheran and catcher Evan Gattis, and the brilliance of Fister.

Atlanta had won five straight against the Nationals, seven of eight this season, and 20 of 27 since the start of the 2013 campaign.

Teheran (6-5) struck out a season-high 10 batters. He allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings.

Fister (6-2) gave up five hits - three over his final seven innings - with three strikeouts and one walk.

Gattis extended his major-league leading hitting streak to 20 games with a sixth-inning single.

Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth for his 16th save.

'We knew we had a battle going on and he's one of the best guys,' Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said of Fister. 'He had all of his pitches working.'

What the Braves didn't have working was cohesion between pitcher and catcher. While Fister worked quickly, Teheran went the deliberate route, though not by design.

'We were going multiple signs, and I think a couple of times (Julio) wasn't quick enough to get back to what he wanted,' Gonzalez said. 'We've been doing it for awhile but sometimes it takes a little longer to get back to what he wanted after the shake off.'

Anthony Rendon had three hits including an RBI single in the third that gave Washington its first lead of the series. His run-scoring double in the seventh made it 3-0. Ryan Zimmerman also drove in a run.

Teheran, who frequently stepped off the mound during his outing, struck out the side in the fifth inning trailing 1-0.

'(Gattis) was shaking (me off) and that's when the frustration (began) because I wanted the pitch that I was thinking and I wasn't on the same page,' Teheran said.

After walking Adam LaRoche in the sixth, and with a 1-0 count on Zimmerman, Teheran again shuffled around. He stepped toward home plate and was immediately called for a balk.

Two pitches later, Zimmerman's single drove home LaRoche for a 2-0 lead.

'Yeah that was my fault,' Teheran said of the balk. 'I made the move, and if we aren't on the same page I'm the one that has to step up and talk to (the catcher).'

Fister, who has won six of seven starts, has allowed two runs or fewer in seven of nine outings this season.

Atlanta had back-to-back one-out singles in the first inning, but Fister fought back. He got out of the jam and started a streak of nine straight batters retired. He didn't allow another hit until the fifth inning in front of a sellout crowd.

NOTES: Justin Upton went 0 for 3 in his return to Atlanta's starting lineup. The left fielder missed three games due to dizziness caused by 'a real bad case of allergies,' Gonzalez said. ... Zimmerman entered Saturday batting .197 since returning from the disabled list on June 3. ... RHP Ervin Santana (5-4, 4.12) will pitch the series finale for Atlanta on Sunday against RHP Tanner Roark (6-4, 2.85).

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Braves at Nationals
Thu, Jun 19 Final 3 to 0
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GAME 2
Braves at Nationals
Fri, Jun 20 Final 6 to 4
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GAME 3
Braves at Nationals
Sat, Jun 21 Final 0 to 3
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GAME 4
Braves at Nationals
Sun, Jun 22 Final 1 to 4
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 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 ATL  +106   -220   7 
 WAS  -116   +180   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 ATL  +110   -210   7 
 WAS  -120   +177   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 ATL  33%   28%   27% 
 WAS  67%   72%   73% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Jun 20, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 6 Cover: +140 
 WAS 4 Over: 10 
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 Jun 19, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 3 Cover: +130 
 WAS 0 Under: 3 
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 Apr 13, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 2 Over: 12 
 ATL 10 Cover: +119 
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 Apr 12, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 3 Over: 9 
 ATL 6 Cover: +100 
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 Apr 11, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 6 Over: 13 
 ATL 7 Cover: +100 
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 Apr 6, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 1 Under: 3 
 WAS 2 Cover: +100 
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 Apr 5, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 6 Cover: +144 
 WAS 2 Over: 8 
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 Apr 4, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 2 Cover: +155 
 WAS 1 Under: 3 
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 Mar 6, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 2 Over: 5 
 ATL 3 Cover: +100 
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 Mar 4, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 4 Over: 12 
 ATL 8 Cover: +100 
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 MLB RECAPS
 Saturday, Jun 21
 
    Orioles at Yankees
1:05 PM EDT
    Mariners at Royals
2:10 PM EDT
    White Sox at Twins
2:10 PM EDT
    Red Sox at Athletics
4:05 PM EDT
    Mets at Marlins
4:10 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Reds
4:10 PM EDT
    Phillies at Cardinals
4:10 PM EDT
    Brewers at Rockies
4:10 PM EDT
    Astros at Rays
4:10 PM EDT
    Tigers at Indians
7:15 PM EDT
    Braves at Nationals
7:15 PM EDT
    Pirates at Cubs
7:15 PM EDT
    Rangers at Angels
10:05 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Padres
10:10 PM EDT
    Giants at Diamondbacks
10:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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