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  • 26 Jun
    ATLANTA -- Rookie Reynaldo Lopez beat the Atlanta Braves five days ago, so he knew they would likely struggle against his fastball again.At the beginning I felt like a caged animal, he said. I just wanted to get out there and be very aggressive.Lopez struck out 11, Jayson Werth reached safely in his 46th straight game and the Washington Nationals pulled away from the Braves 8-2 on Thursday night.Werth hit an RBI double in the fifth inning to tie Rusty Staub on the Nationals-Expos franchise list for the longest streak of reaching base. Werth went 2 for 4 and has 43 hits and 32 walks during his string, the best in the majors this season.After rain delayed the start for 1 hour, 16 minutes, Lopez (2-1) struck out eight of the first nine batters. He had 10 whiffs through his first 4 2/3 innings.Lopez set a career high for strikeouts and allowed one earned run and four hits in seven innings. He added some maturity by laboring in the seventh and getting out of a jam.Sometimes youve got to let them grow up, Washington manager Dusty Baker said. You cant always recuse them. But hes a calm young man. He made the pitches when he had to and hes getting better and better.The Nationals broke it open with five runs in the eighth. They are 30-10 against the Braves since June 21, 2014.Rob Whalen (1-2) allowed three hits and one earned run in a career-best six innings.Washington took a 2-0 lead in the first on a two-base error by left fielder Matt Kemp, who dropped Anthony Rendons fly ball on the warning track to let two runs in.I just dropped the ball. Unacceptable, Kemp said. It changed the mode of the game right there. Robbie pitched a great game. I didnt help him out by dropping that ball.The Braves made it 2-1 in the fourth on Nick Markakis sacrifice fly. Kemps RBI groundout cut the lead to 3-2 in the sixth.Atlanta has been outscored 54-25 in its last seven games.Werths streak is the longest in the majors since Cincinnatis Joey Votto reached safely in 48 straight games last year.SECOND NIGHT IN THE SHOWAtlanta SS Dansby Swanson went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts in his second major league game. Swanson, the No. 1 overall draft pick of 2015, went 2 for 4 in Tuesdays 10-3 loss to Minnesota.HAPPY AND HEALTHYBraves ace Julio Teheran is ready to return from the 15-day DL and start Friday. Hes been sidelined since July 31 with strained lat, but is in good spirits after his son Jordan was born Tuesday.Ive got another motivation to play, the two-time All-Star said. They just got home today before I got here. Its good.ROSTER MOVESNationals: Recalled RHP A.J. Cole from Triple-A Syracuse to work from the bullpen. OF Brian Goodwin was optioned to the same affiliate.Braves: RHP Arodys Vizcaino, activated from the DL after missing 30 games with a right oblique strain, faced four batters to begin the eighth. He gave up one hit, four runs and walked two. Interim manager Brian Snitker said before the game that Vizcaino wont immediately reclaim the closers role. Jim Johnson has the job for now. ... RHP Jason Hursh was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett.ROUGH PATCHAtlantas bullpen had an NL-best 2.49 ERA in August before allowing 15 earned runs in its last 8 1/3 innings. Braves relievers began the night with a 4.69 ERA, second-worst in the majors.TRAINERS ROOMBaker said theres a good chance that 1B Ryan Zimmerman (bruised left wrist) and backup C Jose Lobaton (left elbow tendinitis) will be activated from the DL Friday.UP NEXTNationals: Tanner Roark (13-6) is 5-1 with a 1.73 ERA in nine career starts and five relief appearances against Atlanta.Braves: Teheran (3-9) is 3-3 with a 3.91 ERA in 13 career starts against Washington. Tanner Glass Jersey .2 billion agreement with Rogers Communications for the leagues broadcast and multimedia rights. Sam Bennett Jersey . Jordan Lynch, the all-purpose Heisman Trophy finalist from Northern Illinois, failed to make it into that exclusive club. http://www.cheapflamesjerseyschina.com/troy-brouwer-jersey/ .ca. Hey Kerry, big fan of yours, just finished reading your book. I think that we all saw the Canucks/Flames line brawl just after puck drop. 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Howard missed the first three weeks of camp recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery, which may have spoiled his chances of starting at cornerback in the season opener.He was activated last week from the physically unable to perform list, practiced for the third day in a row Tuesday, and could provide a significant upgrade in a shaky secondary.It feels good to be back out there competing again with my guys, Howard said.The former Baylor star required right knee surgery after hurting his knee on the final day of minicamp in June. That temporarily took him out of the competition for the job opposite veteran newcomer Byron Maxwell.Howard said his goal remains to win a starting job this year, and hes not fretting about the practice time missed.I wouldnt call it a setback, he said. Id just say its a learning process that I went through, and Im just learning from it -- a lot of mental reps, just seeing what the older guys were doing and learning from them.Before the injury, Howard received favorable reviews in offseason drills. New coach Adam Gase especially liked the knack Howard showed for deflections and interceptions..ddddddddddddHe gets his hands on a lot of balls, Gase said. When he does get both hands up to make a play on the ball, he usually catches it.Howard made nine interceptions in his final two years at Baylor, and now the Dolphins are eager to see him in an NFL game. Hell sit out Thursday against Atlanta, but expects to play in next weeks preseason finale, and has no doubt hell play in the season opener Sept. 11 at Seattle.In Howards absence, converted receiver Tony Lippett has been working with the first team at cornerback. Expected to join the mix eventually is veteran newcomer Chris Culliver, who has yet to practice while he recovers from a serious knee injury last Thanksgiving.This week the Dolphins have slowly been working Howard into one-on-one and team drills.I wouldnt say hes far behind mentally, Gase said. Hes dialed in to what were doing. Hes playing one-on-one coverage a lot of the time. Thats his strength. Were going to try to lean on his strength of matching him up with somebody and letting him go.That sounds good to Howard. He wore an NFL uniform for the first time Friday, watching from the sideline when the Dolphins played at Dallas.I just couldnt explain the feeling, he said. It was my first NFL game and I was excited, cheering guys on.Soon he expects to have teammates cheering for him.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL---Follow Steven Wine on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Steve-Wine. 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