Pitching
Paul Maholm
ERA4.22

PaulMaholm

SEASON CAREER
W2 68
L0 84
G2 219
IP12.2 1345.1
BB4 439
SO13 858
Sunday, April 14th 1:35 PM ET
Nationals Park, Washington, District of Columbia
 

GioGonzalez

SEASON CAREER
W1 60
L0 40
G2 129
IP11.0 745.2
BB4 344
SO12 730
Pitching
Gio Gonzalez
ERA3.61
Atlanta Braves VS. 

Gio Gonzalez

Career vs. Atlanta
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.00 ERA
HITTERS AB AVG H HR RBI BB SO OBP OPS SLG
Jeff Baker 4 .250 1 0 0 1 2 .400 .650 .250
Brandon Beachy 2 .000 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000
J.C. Boscan 2 .000 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Michael Bourn 10 .400 4 0 0 2 5 .500 1.100 .600
Matt Diaz 5 .000 0 0 0 1 1 .167 .167 .000
Freddie Freeman 8 .250 2 1 4 0 3 .222 .972 .750
Tommy Hanson 2 .000 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
Jason Heyward 12 .333 4 0 2 0 1 .333 .666 .333
Eric Hinske 3 .000 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000
Tim Hudson 1 .000 0 0 0 1 1 .500 .500 .000
Paul Janish 3 .000 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
Reed Johnson 6 .167 1 0 2 0 2 .167 .667 .500
Chipper Jones 4 .500 2 0 2 2 0 .667 1.417 .750
Mike Minor 2 .000 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000
Lyle Overbay 3 .000 0 0 0 3 0 .500 .500 .000
Tyler Pastornicky 1 .000 0 0 1 0 1 .000 .000 .000
Martin Prado 9 .111 1 0 1 0 2 .111 .222 .111
David Ross 5 .400 2 0 0 1 0 .500 .900 .400
Andrelton Simmons 4 .250 1 0 0 2 0 .500 1.000 .500
Dan Uggla 6 .167 1 0 1 5 2 .545 .878 .333
Jack Wilson 12 .167 2 0 0 0 4 .167 .334 .167
Washington Nationals VS. 

Paul Maholm

Career vs. Washington
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.00 ERA
HITTERS AB AVG H HR RBI BB SO OBP OPS SLG
Rick Ankiel 13 .154 2 0 0 0 4 .214 .445 .231
Roger Bernadina 6 .167 1 0 0 0 3 .167 .334 .167
Brett Carroll 5 .200 1 0 0 0 1 .200 .400 .200
Mark DeRosa 18 .333 6 1 2 1 5 .400 1.011 .611
Ian Desmond 10 .400 4 1 1 2 1 .500 1.300 .800
Zach Duke 1 .000 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
Danny Espinosa 10 .100 1 0 1 0 2 .100 .200 .100
Jesus Flores 9 .444 4 3 6 0 1 .444 1.888 1.444
Bryce Harper 3 .000 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000
Cesar Izturis 8 .250 2 0 1 0 1 .250 .500 .250
Adam LaRoche 9 .333 3 0 2 2 2 .455 .899 .444
John Lannan 7 .143 1 0 0 0 5 .143 .429 .286
Steve Lombardozzi 1 1.000 1 0 0 0 0 1.000 2.000 1.000
Michael Morse 11 .182 2 0 0 1 5 .250 .432 .182
Wilson Ramos 6 .167 1 0 1 0 3 .167 .334 .167
Stephen Strasburg 2 .000 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
Chad Tracy 6 .500 3 0 1 1 0 .571 1.071 .500
Jayson Werth 28 .357 10 1 5 1 5 .379 .986 .607
Ryan Zimmerman 21 .333 7 0 1 1 3 .364 .697 .333

Justin Upton, Braves beat Nats for 9th win in row

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Forget about last year. This season, the Atlanta Braves are looking very much like the team to beat in the NL East.

Justin Upton and Andrelton Simmons homered, and the Braves cruised to their ninth straight victory Sunday, beating Washington 9-0 to complete a three-game sweep of the defending division champion Nationals.

Chris Johnson had four hits and two RBIs for the Braves, who received a sparkling pitching performance from Paul Maholm . After forging two-run victories on Friday and Saturday, Atlanta took a 7-0 lead in the third inning against Gio Gonzalez (1-1) and coasted to the finish.

"We know the Nationals are supposed to be pretty good, so it was good to make a statement early," Simmons said. "Let them know we're going to be tough to beat."

In compiling the best record in the major leagues, the Braves (11-1) have outscored the opposition 62-23 and built a 20-6 advantage in home runs.

"It's early," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I don't think we're going to play .998 baseball the rest of the way, but it sure is better than 1-11."

The Braves have swept three straight series (Cubs, Miami and Washington) for the first time since April 2000, when they swept four in a row (Phillies, Pirates, Dodgers, and Padres).

Washington has lost seven straight to Atlanta, dating back to last year. The final game of this series was a stark contrast to the other two.

"We should have won the first one. We were right there on the second," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said. "We just got waffled today. I don't put too much stock in it."

Maholm (3-0) allowed four hits in 7 2-3 innings, walking one and striking out seven. The left-hander has not surrendered a run this season in 20 1-3 innings over three starts.

"He mixed it up well, mixed his speed up," Fredi Gonzalez said. "We gave him a nice little cushion to work with, and he kept it. Sometimes that's not easy to do."

After giving up two singles in the eighth, Maholm was replaced by Luis Avilan , who walked Bryce Harper to load the bases before retiring Ryan Zimmerman on a comebacker.

Gonzalez yielded seven runs and seven hits in five innings for the Nationals, who won 98 games a year ago to Atlanta's 94.

"I take the blame on this one 100 percent," the left-hander said. "The Braves right now are running hot. They're red hot right now. You got to give them the credit. They're a tough hitting lineup and a good rotation."

Gonzalez came in with an 0.82 ERA in two starts, but he struggled from the outset in this one.

B.J. Upton lined the first pitch of the game into the left-field corner for a double, only his second extra-base hit in 39 at-bats this season. Brother Justin Upton walked with one out and Evan Gattis doubled in a run before Johnson delivered a two-out, two-run single up the middle for a 3-0 lead.

Justin Upton hit his seventh homer leading off the third - he didn't hit No. 7 last year until June 23. After a walk to Dan Uggla and a single by Johnson, Simmons drove a full-count pitch over the left-field wall to make it 7-0.

That, essentially, decided the issue.

"Our job is to make sure we keep them as close as possible, and I didn't do that today," Gio Gonzalez said. "Leaving the ball up, falling behind on good hitters, they made me pay for it."

Maholm, on the other hand, permitted only one runner to reach second base over the first seven innings.

"He's pitching incredible this year," Washington shortstop Ian Desmond said. "He threw a great ballgame all day. He was working efficiently. Getting first strikes, getting ahead. His team gave him a big lead early. That's what you're supposed to do."

The Braves added two in the sixth against reliever Zach Duke . Maholm and B.J. Upton singled, Jason Heyward doubled in a run and Gattis hit a sacrifice fly.

B.J. Upton, who came into the game with four hits this season, went 3 for 5 to up his batting average from .105 to .163.

NOTES: The Nationals placed C Wilson Ramos (left hamstring strain) on the 15-day disabled list and recalled C Jhonathan Solano from Triple-A Syracuse. ... Atlanta is 8-0 when scoring first. ... Washington 2B Danny Espinosa was hit in the right hand with a pitch in the second inning and left in the fifth inning with a sore hand. ... The Nationals will send Jordan Zimmermann (2-0) to the mound Monday night at Miami. The Braves are off. ... Atlanta's bullpen has not allowed an inherited runner to score this season. ... Maholm improved to 2-6 lifetime against Washington, including 1-3 in the nation's capital.

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