Helped by overturned homer, Braves edge Nats 2-1

Helped by overturned homer, Braves edge Nats 2-1

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By HOWARD FENDRICH
AP Sports Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - Benefiting from the decision to overturn Ian Desmond's inside-the-park homer on replay review, the Atlanta Braves beat Washington 2-1 Friday, spoiling the Nationals' home opener and giving rookie manager Matt Williams his first loss.

Desmond's shot down the left-field line in the fifth inning, which appeared to tie the game at 1-all, was switched to a ground-rule double after a five-minute delay after Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez requested the review. Desmond was sent back to second base and wound up getting caught in a rundown while trying to steal.

Washington did eventually even the score, but Atlanta's Chris Johnson delivered a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth off reliever Tyler Clippard (0-1).

Luis Avilan (1-0) got one out in the seventh for the win, and Craig Kimbrel earned his third save.

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