Teheran (11-7) and Fernandez (10-6) locked horns throughout the night, with each pitcher striking out eight and looking sharp throughout. Both were pulled as they approached 100 pitches, but both were still quite impressive. Fernandez' ERA dropped to 2.33, third best in the majors, while Teheran's performance this year has blown away any worries the team had coming into the season.
All of the Braves' offense came on a Freddie Freeman two-run blast in the first inning. It was Freeman's 17th home run, and gave him 87 RBI on the year. With Jason Heyward out and Dan Uggla and BJ Upton struggling, Freeman and Brian McCann have carried the Braves this week. Despite scoring just eight runs over the past four games, the Braves have won them all.
A couple of years ago, the Braves had the chance to keep Rafael Furcal for an exorbitant sum of money to do the things Andrelton Simmons did last night. Simmons had a couple of great defensive plays in the sixth inning, making a leaping grab of one line drive and a diving stop of another liner to bail out Teheran. Simmons has also been hitting .316 over the past week, and getting on base to get driven in by Freeman and McCann.
With the win and a Nats loss, the Braves' magic number to clinch the division dropped to 15. Tonight, Mike Minor will go for his 14th win against Jacob Turner starting at 7:10 PM. The Braves hope to improve their home record, which stands at a phenomenal 48-18.