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Swanson’s HR leaves Nationals lying on the ground


Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson, center, celebrates his two-run home run to win the game in the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals, Monday, Aug.17, 2020, in Atlanta.


Dansby Swanson hit a two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to cap off a four-touchdown offense and give the Atlanta Braves a 7-6 victory over the Washington Nationals on Monday night.

Trailing 6-3 to Washington closer Daniel Hudson (1-2), Adam Duvall cut the margin with his two-run homer just above the left-field fence. Johan Camargo followed with a single, but Hudson retired his next two foes to get within one out of the win.

Never arrived.

Swanson homered over the wall between right and center field to define the game. Upon reaching the plate, his teammates celebrated with some distance, jumping and with their hands in the air.

The comeback ruined a memorable evening for Washington rookie Luis Garcia, who became the first player born in 2000 to hit a major league home run.

The youngest player in the Major Leagues at 20 years old, Garcia blew the wall off Touki Toussaint in the second inning. Asdrúbal Cabrera, Juan Soto and Eric Thames also hit home runs for the defending champs, but it wasn’t enough.

Cabrera hit his home run, his fifth of the season, in the fifth inning off Grant Dayton. Soto, on the day he was announced as the National League Player of the Week, opened the fifth inning with his seventh home run, off Will Smith (2-0.

For the Braves, Marcell Ozunba 4-1 with a run scored. The Panamanian Johan Camargo 5-1. Cuban Adeiny Hechavarría 1-0. Venezuelan Ender Inciarte 5-1.

For the Nationals, the Dominicans Juan Soto 4-1 with one RBI and one scored. Victor Robles 4-1. The Venezuelan Asdrúbal Cabrera 4-2 with an impulse and a scored.