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Rookie lefty Parker logs another strong start as the Nationals beat Morton and the Braves 8-4
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Rookie lefty Parker logs another strong start as the Nationals beat Morton and the Braves 8-4

2024-05-28 07:55 Last Updated At:08:01

ATLANTA (AP) — Mitchell Parker pitched five-hit ball into the seventh inning and CJ Abrams homered, helping the Washington Nationals beat the depleted Atlanta Braves 8-4 on Monday.

Parker (4-2) allowed three runs, struck out six and walked none in 6 1/3 innings. He threw 100 pitches, 74 for strikes.

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Washington Nationals' Lane Thomas beats the tag of Atlanta Braves shortstop Orlando Arcia (11) on Thomas' double in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

ATLANTA (AP) — Mitchell Parker pitched five-hit ball into the seventh inning and CJ Abrams homered, helping the Washington Nationals beat the depleted Atlanta Braves 8-4 on Monday.

Atlanta Braves pitcher Jimmy Herget (64) works in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Atlanta Braves pitcher Jimmy Herget (64) works in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals' Kyle Finnegan (67) embraces catcher Keibert Ruiz (20) after a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals' Kyle Finnegan (67) embraces catcher Keibert Ruiz (20) after a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals' Eddie Rosario, left and Luis García Jr. (2) celebrate after a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals' Eddie Rosario, left and Luis García Jr. (2) celebrate after a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals first baseman Joey Gallo (24) hits a single in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals first baseman Joey Gallo (24) hits a single in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals' Nick Senzel (13) hits a single against the Atlanta Braves in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals' Nick Senzel (13) hits a single against the Atlanta Braves in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Atlanta Braves' Michael Harris II (23) hits a single in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Atlanta Braves' Michael Harris II (23) hits a single in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals pitcher Mitchell Parker (70) wipes his face in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals pitcher Mitchell Parker (70) wipes his face in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Atlanta Braves shortstop Orlando Arcia (11) can't get the ball hit by Washington Nationals Jesse Winker (6) in the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Atlanta Braves shortstop Orlando Arcia (11) can't get the ball hit by Washington Nationals Jesse Winker (6) in the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals' Nick Senzel (13) celebrates his RBI-double against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals' Nick Senzel (13) celebrates his RBI-double against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals outfielder Eddie Rosario (8) celebrates hitting an RBI double in the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals outfielder Eddie Rosario (8) celebrates hitting an RBI double in the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies (1) hits a single against the Washington Nationals in the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies (1) hits a single against the Washington Nationals in the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals outfielder Eddie Rosario (8) recoveres after stealing third base against the Atlanta Braves in the third inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals outfielder Eddie Rosario (8) recoveres after stealing third base against the Atlanta Braves in the third inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals pitcher Mitchell Parker (70) works in the third inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals pitcher Mitchell Parker (70) works in the third inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals catcher Keibert Ruiz (20) hits a single in the third inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals catcher Keibert Ruiz (20) hits a single in the third inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Atlanta Braves pitcher Charlie Morton (50) tags out Washington Nationals' Keibert Ruiz (20) between first and second base in the third inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Atlanta Braves pitcher Charlie Morton (50) tags out Washington Nationals' Keibert Ruiz (20) between first and second base in the third inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals' Eddie Rosario (8) attempts a bunt in the second inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals' Eddie Rosario (8) attempts a bunt in the second inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals' Jacob Young (30) gets past Atlanta Braves shortstop Orlando Arcia (11) on a steal in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals' Jacob Young (30) gets past Atlanta Braves shortstop Orlando Arcia (11) on a steal in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals pitcher Mitchell Parker (70) delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals pitcher Mitchell Parker (70) delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

The rookie left-hander has permitted three runs or fewer in each of his first eight major league starts. A key to Parker's success has been efficiency.

“Just a lot of early contact, a lot of ground balls,” Parker said. “Fielders were making a lot of plays and ... just keeping the counts short, the pitch count down. That’s all that matters.”

Jacob Young had three of the Nationals’ season-high 15 hits. Nick Senzel had two hits, including a two-run single in a four-run first inning against Charlie Morton.

“We love it, playing defense behind him,” Abrams said of Parker's quick innings. “The more time you spend in the dugout and hitting the better off you are.”

The Braves adjusted their lineup in their first game since losing 2023 NL MVP Ronald Acuña Jr. to a season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on Sunday.

Second baseman Ozzie Albies was the team’s new leadoff hitter. Jared Kelenic and Adam Duvall, who have been sharing time in left field, each started. Duvall replaced Acuña in right and Kelenic started in left.

Parker was working with an 8-0 lead before fading in the seventh.

Sean Murphy, who was activated off the injured list before the game, drove in Marcell Ozuna with a groundout for Atlanta's first run. Duvall followed with a two-run homer that knocked Parker out of the game.

Morton (3-2) was charged with eight runs and 12 hits in 5 2/3 innings. It was the most runs allowed by Morton, a 40-year-old right-hander, since he gave up nine runs in a 9-2 loss at Washington while pitching for Pittsburgh on June 21, 2015.

Manager Brian Snitker said his choice to have Albies lead off was a “day-to-day thing. I like him against a lefty, obviously. I may stay with him.”

Albies opened the game with a single to right field. Parker retired Atlanta's next 14 batters before Michael Harris II singled up the middle with two outs in the fifth.

Eddie Rosario, who hit 21 homers for Atlanta last year and then agreed to a minor league contract with Washington in March, received a warm reception from fans in the first inning. Rosario took off his batting helmet, tapped his chest over his heart, and delivered a run-scoring double to drive in Washington's first run.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: OF Victor Robles was designated for assignment as OF Lane Thomas (left knee sprain) was activated from the 10-day injured list. Robles, 27, was hitting only .120 with four stolen bases this season and .236 for his career. Thomas had two doubles and scored a run in his return after missing 29 games.

Braves: Acuña was placed on the 10-day injured list. OF J.P. Martinez was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett. INF Joey Wendle was designated for assignment. 3B Austin Riley had no hits in his return after missing two weeks with tightness in his left side.

UP NEXT

LHP Max Fried (4-2, 3.38 ERA), who is coming off his second complete-game victory of the season, is scheduled to start for Atlanta against Washington RHP Jake Irvin (2-5, 3.79 ERA) on Tuesday night. Fried is 7-4 with a 4.22 ERA in 17 career games against the Nationals.

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Washington Nationals' Lane Thomas beats the tag of Atlanta Braves shortstop Orlando Arcia (11) on Thomas' double in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals' Lane Thomas beats the tag of Atlanta Braves shortstop Orlando Arcia (11) on Thomas' double in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Atlanta Braves pitcher Jimmy Herget (64) works in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Atlanta Braves pitcher Jimmy Herget (64) works in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals' Kyle Finnegan (67) embraces catcher Keibert Ruiz (20) after a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals' Kyle Finnegan (67) embraces catcher Keibert Ruiz (20) after a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals' Eddie Rosario, left and Luis García Jr. (2) celebrate after a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals' Eddie Rosario, left and Luis García Jr. (2) celebrate after a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals first baseman Joey Gallo (24) hits a single in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals first baseman Joey Gallo (24) hits a single in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals' Nick Senzel (13) hits a single against the Atlanta Braves in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals' Nick Senzel (13) hits a single against the Atlanta Braves in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Atlanta Braves' Michael Harris II (23) hits a single in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Atlanta Braves' Michael Harris II (23) hits a single in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals pitcher Mitchell Parker (70) wipes his face in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals pitcher Mitchell Parker (70) wipes his face in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Atlanta Braves shortstop Orlando Arcia (11) can't get the ball hit by Washington Nationals Jesse Winker (6) in the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Atlanta Braves shortstop Orlando Arcia (11) can't get the ball hit by Washington Nationals Jesse Winker (6) in the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals' Nick Senzel (13) celebrates his RBI-double against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals' Nick Senzel (13) celebrates his RBI-double against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals outfielder Eddie Rosario (8) celebrates hitting an RBI double in the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals outfielder Eddie Rosario (8) celebrates hitting an RBI double in the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies (1) hits a single against the Washington Nationals in the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies (1) hits a single against the Washington Nationals in the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals outfielder Eddie Rosario (8) recoveres after stealing third base against the Atlanta Braves in the third inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals outfielder Eddie Rosario (8) recoveres after stealing third base against the Atlanta Braves in the third inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals pitcher Mitchell Parker (70) works in the third inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals pitcher Mitchell Parker (70) works in the third inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals catcher Keibert Ruiz (20) hits a single in the third inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals catcher Keibert Ruiz (20) hits a single in the third inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Atlanta Braves pitcher Charlie Morton (50) tags out Washington Nationals' Keibert Ruiz (20) between first and second base in the third inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Atlanta Braves pitcher Charlie Morton (50) tags out Washington Nationals' Keibert Ruiz (20) between first and second base in the third inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals' Eddie Rosario (8) attempts a bunt in the second inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals' Eddie Rosario (8) attempts a bunt in the second inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals' Jacob Young (30) gets past Atlanta Braves shortstop Orlando Arcia (11) on a steal in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals' Jacob Young (30) gets past Atlanta Braves shortstop Orlando Arcia (11) on a steal in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals pitcher Mitchell Parker (70) delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Washington Nationals pitcher Mitchell Parker (70) delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Monday, May 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

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Thousands in Kenya demonstrate against proposed new taxes

2024-06-21 11:31 Last Updated At:11:40

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Thousands of mostly young people demonstrated Thursday in Kenya’s capital and across the country against new tax proposals by the administration of President William Ruto in its annual budget legislation.

The protests brought Nairobi’s central business district to a standstill as horse-riding riot police threw tear-gas cannisters and opened water cannons on demonstrators who advanced towards parliament buildings, where lawmakers debated the finance bill.

The protesters, who began their demonstrations in a first round on Tuesday, are demanding that lawmakers vote against the legislation, which is expected to be burdensome for salaried Kenyans, entrepreneurs and consumers. They say Ruto has gone back on his pledge to reduce taxes and lower the cost of living.

The new taxes would include a 2.75% levy on income for the national medical insurance plan, as well as increased taxes on vegetable oil and fuel, which would increase the cost of production and trickle down to the consumer.

Proposals to introduce a 16% value-added tax on bread and a new annual tax on motor vehicles were removed from the legislation Tuesday after a meeting between Ruto and ruling party members.

But those who demonstrated Thursday said the amendments did not go far enough and that they want legislators to totally reject the budget legislation.

“Our parents have been taxed dry, yet there’s no development to show for it. We reject any additional taxes and will stay on the streets for as long as it takes,” Ashley Mwai said.

The 19-year-old who has never voted said the new taxes have made her get involved in politics for the first time for the sake of her parents who do not have the energy to join protests.

“As much as I’m not earning an income yet, additional taxes will increase the prices of food and transport, making life unbearable for us young people,” Mwai said.

Businessman Walter Mwangi, 34, said he’s struggling to earn a living because taxes are already crippling his consultancy business. "We are sick and tired,” Mwangi said.

Lawmakers were debating and voting Thursday on the legislation in its second reading. It is due for its third and final reading next week. Meanwhile, demonstrators tried to breach a security cordon to access parliament buildings, carrying anti-government placards and chanting against Ruto.

The president was attending a university event in the southeastern town of Garissa where anti-government protesters lined the street leading to the event venue.

Young people also demonstrated in the president's home turf of Eldoret town, where they told journalists they had been duped into voting for Ruto.

Ruto said earlier in the week that the protests were a constitutional right, but that government institutions must carry out their mandate.

“We are a democratic country. Those who want to demonstrate it is their right, no problem. But decisions have to be made by institutions," Ruto said Wednesday.

"We will make decisions as an executive, take it to the legislature, people of Kenya will speak to it through public participation, others will subject it to court processes and that is how democracy works and I am a great believer in democracy,” he said.

Tuesday's protests saw more than 200 people arrested and later released.

The right to protest is enshrined in the Kenyan constitution and organizers have to notify police who often give a go-ahead unless there are security concerns. Previous anti-government protests in Nairobi have often been met by police force with protesters in the past shot at by the police.

A protester uses a fire extinguisher during a protest over proposed tax hikes in a finance bill that is due to be tabled in parliament in Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/ Andrew Kasuku)

A protester uses a fire extinguisher during a protest over proposed tax hikes in a finance bill that is due to be tabled in parliament in Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/ Andrew Kasuku)

Demonstrators run from police during a protest over proposed tax hikes in a finance bill that is due to be tabled in parliament in Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday, June 20, 2024. AP Photo/ Andrew Kasuku)

Demonstrators run from police during a protest over proposed tax hikes in a finance bill that is due to be tabled in parliament in Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday, June 20, 2024. AP Photo/ Andrew Kasuku)

Police officers fire tear gas canisters during a protest over proposed tax hikes in a finance bill that is due to be tabled in parliament in Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/ Andrew Kasuku)

Police officers fire tear gas canisters during a protest over proposed tax hikes in a finance bill that is due to be tabled in parliament in Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/ Andrew Kasuku)

Demonstrators run from police during a protest over proposed tax hikes in a finance bill that is due to be tabled in parliament in Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/ Andrew Kasuku)

Demonstrators run from police during a protest over proposed tax hikes in a finance bill that is due to be tabled in parliament in Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/ Andrew Kasuku)

A protesters throws back a teargas canister at police officers during a protest over proposed tax hikes in a finance bill that is due to be tabled in parliament in Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/ Andrew Kasuku)

A protesters throws back a teargas canister at police officers during a protest over proposed tax hikes in a finance bill that is due to be tabled in parliament in Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday, June 20, 2024. (AP Photo/ Andrew Kasuku)

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