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Braves gain a win but lose Floyd

Floyd was forced to leave in the 7th inning
Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

Sports, just like life, can often be cruel. Braves starting pitcher Gavin Floyd (2-2) learned this first-hand during Thursday's 3-0 win over the Washington Nationals.

Born in nearby Annapolis, Md, this game should have been a triumphant homecoming of sorts, but ended with Floyd unable to pitch after six shutout innings for the Braves. He came out to the field during the seventh but was forced to leave after throwing just one pitch to Jayson Werth. When Anthony Vavaro came in as a replacement, Floyd's final line was very impressive: six scoreless innings, two hits, one walk and six strikeouts on just 64 total pitches.

That final pitch Floyd threw was one of his 13 curveballs thrown. Not a single one of them was put into play last night. After Werth fouled off the ball, Floyd said he felt a pop and quickly called for the athletic trainer to come to him.

Thirteen months ago Floyd underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, the same one he injured last night. When he came off the field, Floyd thought it might be scar tissue left over from his previous surgery. One X-ray later and it turns out that Floyd suffered a fracture of the olecranon, a section of the bone in the elbow joint.

"It wasn't painful, it was just kind of surprising," Floyd said. "I know when something pops, something is releasing. We had X-rays and obviously, it was different." The good news is when Floyd was being examined by the Nationals physicians he was told his surgically repaired ligament from the Tommy John surgery appeared to be fine.

Vavaro and Walden both got credit for holds in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively, and then Craig Kimbrel recorded his 21st save of the season. Chris Johnson was the MVP on the offensive side for the Braves. He was 2-4 and was responsible for all three runs batted in. The first two came off a single in the 4th inning while drove in both Freeman and Gattis. The third and final run came in the eighth inning. Another single and another Freeman run.

Atlanta stays in Washington for the second of four straight games. First pitch is scheduled tonight for 7:05 p.m. ET.

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