Kyle Wright won his major-league-leading 19th game and the Atlanta Braves won their ninth straight home game, a 5-2 decision over the Washington Nationals on Monday.
The Braves (92-55) improved to 11-3 against Washington (51-96). The home winning streak is the team’s longest of the season and the longest since the club’s modern-era record of 13 in 2019.
Wright (19-5) pitched six innings and allowed two runs on eight hits, one walk and recorded seven strikeouts. It was the sixth straight win for the right-hander, who is trying to become the first Atlanta pitcher to win 20 games since Russ Ortiz won 21 in 2003. The Braves are 22-6 in games started by Wright, who improved to 3-0 against the Nationals this season.
The Atlanta bullpen finished with three scoreless innings, one each from Jesse Chavez, Raisel Iglesias and Kenley Jansen, who earned his National League-leading 35th save.
The losing pitcher was Cory Abbott (0-3), who pitched four innings and gave up four runs on six hits and two walks, without a strikeout.
The Braves scored in the first inning on Austin Riley’s 37th homer, which just made it over the fence in left-center.
Atlanta upped the lead to 4-0 by scoring three times in the fourth. Travis d’Arnaud and Michael Harris II had RBI singles and William Contreras added a sacrifice fly.
The Nationals made it 4-2 with a pair of runs in the fifth. Victor Robles had a sacrifice fly and Alex Call doubled home a run.
Atlanta tacked on a run in the seventh. Eddie Rosario thought he had drawn a walk, but the pitch had been called a strike. Three pitches later he swatted a solo homer, his fifth, to right-center field.
Washington’s Joey Meneses went 4-for-4, the second four-hit game of his career, and stole the first base of his career. Meneses, the 30-year-old rookie, entered the game in a 1-for-13 slump.