ATLANTA — Andrelton Simmons hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the seventh inning, then made an eye-popping play to start the ninth as the Atlanta Braves beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Monday night and ended their four-game losing streak.
Atlanta beat the Nationals for the eighth straight time dating to last season. The Braves swept three games at Washington earlier this month.
Washington’s Stephen Strasburg ended his career-worst streak of losses in four straight starts. He allowed two runs in six innings.
Ian Desmond off the ninth with a slow grounder that Simmons charged. The Atlanta shortstop slipped as he fielded the ball and fell on his backside, but somehow fired a strike from the seat of his pants that first baseman Freddie Freeman caught his a big stretch.
Desmond was called out on a close play, and disagreed with the decision. Washington manager Davey Johnson came out to argue with umpire Tim Timmons.
Gerald Laird led off the Braves’ seventh with a walk from Tyler Clippard (1-1). Laird moved up on pinch-hitter Tyler Pastonicky’s sacrifice bunt and was held at third on Jordan Schafer’s single.
Brewers 10. Pirates 4
MILWAUKEE — Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo hit one of five home runs for Milwaukee, which went back-to-back twice in a 10-4 rout of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night.
Gallardo also tossed three-hit ball over seven innings, retiring his final 13 batters while improving to 10-2 against Pittsburgh. He and Norichika Aoki hit consecutive homers in the fourth before Carlos Gomez and Yuniesky Betancourt repeated the feat in the fifth.
Jean Segura also connected for the Brewers, who added three triples and matched a season high for runs.
Stanton leaves game
MIAMI — Giancarlo Stanton has left the Miami Marlins’ game against the New York Mets with a strained right hamstring.
Stanton hit a tapper in front of the plate in the 10th inning Monday, and clutched his right hamstring just before he crossed first base trying in vain to beat the throw. He then fell face-first to the turf.
Stanton rose slowly and limped off the field. He was replaced in right field after.
The 2012 NL slugging leader had shaken an early-season slump recently, hitting his first home run Saturday and two more Sunday.