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Nick Senzel homers for the 1st time since April 28 as Nationals handle Braves 7-3

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Nick Senzel homers for the 1st time since April 28 as Nationals handle Braves 7-3
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Nick Senzel homers for the 1st time since April 28 as Nationals handle Braves 7-3

2024-06-09 07:45 Last Updated At:07:50

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nick Senzel homered for the first time in nearly six weeks and drove in three runs, Eddie Rosario had three RBIs against his former team and the Washington Nationals defeated the Atlanta Braves 7-3 on Saturday.

Washington won consecutive games for the first time since May 29-30, when it also beat the Braves on back-to-back days. The Nationals are 5-2 against Atlanta this season.

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Atlanta Braves' Michael Harris II runs towards home to score on a double by Ozzie Albies during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nick Senzel homered for the first time in nearly six weeks and drove in three runs, Eddie Rosario had three RBIs against his former team and the Washington Nationals defeated the Atlanta Braves 7-3 on Saturday.

Washington Nationals' Luis Garcia Jr. runs towards home to score on a double by Nick Senzel during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)wld

Washington Nationals' Luis Garcia Jr. runs towards home to score on a double by Nick Senzel during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)wld

Washington Nationals starting pitcher MacKenzie Gore throws during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Washington Nationals starting pitcher MacKenzie Gore throws during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Charlie Morton throws during the second inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Charlie Morton throws during the second inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Washington Nationals' Eddie Rosario, right, slides safely into third against Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley, left, on a sly out by Luis Garcia Jr. during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Washington Nationals' Eddie Rosario, right, slides safely into third against Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley, left, on a sly out by Luis Garcia Jr. during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Washington Nationals starting pitcher MacKenzie Gore throws during the second inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Washington Nationals starting pitcher MacKenzie Gore throws during the second inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Charlie Morton throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Charlie Morton throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Washington Nationals' CJ Abrams takes a lead from first base during the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Washington Nationals' CJ Abrams takes a lead from first base during the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Washington Nationals' CJ Abrams, right, is tagged out by Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies, left, in a rundown during the second inning of a baseball game, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Washington Nationals' CJ Abrams, right, is tagged out by Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies, left, in a rundown during the second inning of a baseball game, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Washington Nationals starting pitcher MacKenzie Gore throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Washington Nationals starting pitcher MacKenzie Gore throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Washington Nationals' Nick Senzel, front, reacts at second base after he doubled in a run during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Washington. Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies watches at back. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Washington Nationals' Nick Senzel, front, reacts at second base after he doubled in a run during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Washington. Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies watches at back. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Sean Murphy homered for the Braves, who have dropped three of four to fall a season-high nine games behind Philadelphia in the NL East standings. Atlanta was 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position, dropping it to 2 for 17 in the first three games of the series.

“We had opportunities and couldn’t get a big hit,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. “When you’re going like this, it is one of them games that you have to turn the page.”

Senzel, who had three hits, helped produce runs in each of his first three plate appearances. He led off the second with a double off Charlie Morton (3-3) and scored on CJ Abrams’ two-out single, then drove in Luis García Jr. in the fourth to make it 4-0.

The third baseman followed Keibert Ruiz’s single to open the sixth with a shot into the visitor’s bullpen off Dylan Lee to open a 7-2 lead. It was Senzel’s first home run since April 28 at Miami.

“Every at-bat was really good,” Washington manager Dave Martinez said. “He’s getting back, staying in his legs. He’s got some life in his swing.”

Senzel is hitting .359 (14 for 39) over his last 13 games, raising his season average from .196 to .243.

Rosario, a July 2021 trade deadline acquisition for Atlanta who played for the Braves until signing with Washington in March, had a two-run double in the first and added an RBI single in the fifth.

Washington starter MacKenzie Gore (5-5) survived a 27-pitch first inning to keep Atlanta scoreless until Ozzie Albies’ two-out RBI double in the fifth. The left-hander surrendered consecutive singles to open the sixth before yielding to Derek Law, who allowed Marcell Ozuna to score on a two-out wild pitch.

Gore gave up two runs and six hits and a walk. He struck out seven.

“We were just kind of searching,” Gore said of his command. “I don’t know if it ever really came back. It was good enough. It wasn’t as good today, but we made it work.”

Murphy hit Law’s first pitch of the seventh over the wall in center for his first home run of the season.

Morton allowed five runs — four earned — in five innings while striking out three. He is 0-3 with a 5.84 in his last five starts.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Braves: OF Jarred Kelenic (wrist) returned to the lineup after a two-game absence. ... Atlanta recalled RHP Daysbel Hernández from Triple-A Gwinnett and placed RHP Jimmy Herget on the 15-day injured list, retroactive to Thursday.

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RHP Hurston Waldrep, Atlanta’s first-round pick in the 2023 draft, makes his major league debut in Sunday’s finale of the four-game series. Washington counters with LHP DJ Herz (0-0, 9.00 ERA), who gave up four runs in four innings Tuesday in his MLB debut.

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Atlanta Braves' Michael Harris II runs towards home to score on a double by Ozzie Albies during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Atlanta Braves' Michael Harris II runs towards home to score on a double by Ozzie Albies during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Washington Nationals' Luis Garcia Jr. runs towards home to score on a double by Nick Senzel during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)wld

Washington Nationals' Luis Garcia Jr. runs towards home to score on a double by Nick Senzel during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)wld

Washington Nationals starting pitcher MacKenzie Gore throws during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Washington Nationals starting pitcher MacKenzie Gore throws during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Charlie Morton throws during the second inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Charlie Morton throws during the second inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Washington Nationals' Eddie Rosario, right, slides safely into third against Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley, left, on a sly out by Luis Garcia Jr. during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Washington Nationals' Eddie Rosario, right, slides safely into third against Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley, left, on a sly out by Luis Garcia Jr. during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Washington Nationals starting pitcher MacKenzie Gore throws during the second inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Washington Nationals starting pitcher MacKenzie Gore throws during the second inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Charlie Morton throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Charlie Morton throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Washington Nationals' CJ Abrams takes a lead from first base during the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Washington Nationals' CJ Abrams takes a lead from first base during the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Washington Nationals' CJ Abrams, right, is tagged out by Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies, left, in a rundown during the second inning of a baseball game, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Washington Nationals' CJ Abrams, right, is tagged out by Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies, left, in a rundown during the second inning of a baseball game, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Washington Nationals starting pitcher MacKenzie Gore throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Washington Nationals starting pitcher MacKenzie Gore throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Washington Nationals' Nick Senzel, front, reacts at second base after he doubled in a run during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Washington. Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies watches at back. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Washington Nationals' Nick Senzel, front, reacts at second base after he doubled in a run during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Washington. Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies watches at back. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Student protesters vow 'complete shutdown' in Bangladesh as clashes continue

2024-07-18 19:54 Last Updated At:20:00

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Police clashed Thursday with student protesters attempting to impose a “complete shutdown” in Bangladesh’s capital, following days of violent confrontations during demonstrations over a system of allocating government jobs.

Students have been demonstrating for weeks against a quota system for government jobs they say favors allies of the ruling party, but the protests have escalated since violence broke out between protesters, police and pro-government student activists on the campus of Dhaka University on Monday. Six people were killed on Tuesday, leading the government to ask universities across the country to close and police to raid the main opposition party’s headquarters.

As violence continued to take place on Thursday, Bangladesh’s Law Minister Anisul Huq said in the afternoon that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked him to sit with the protesters for a dialogue, and he was ready to sit down on Thursday if protesters were willling.

On Wednesday night, the protesters announced they would enforce “a complete shutdown” across the country on Thursday in response to security officials’ continued attacks on the campus demonstrators. The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party said that it would do what it could to make the shutdown a success.

Clashes continued as protesters attempted to enforce the shutdown Thursday morning. In Dhaka's Uttara neighborhood, hundreds of protesters were chased by police after they blocked the road and chanted. In other places, police fired tear gas and charged with batons disperse the protesters, who threw stones in response. Scores, including police, were injured in the violence, said a spokesperson for the Dhaka Metropolitan Police.

Police said protesters attacked and set fire to a traffic police box and vandalized police vehicles amid clashes across the city.

Traffic was thin on Dhaka's usually clogged streets on Thursday morning, while many malls closed. Offices and banks opened, but commuters complained that transport was limited. Police set up checkpoints at the entrances to Dhaka University.

Local television reported violence in other cities including Chattogram and Khulna, while protesters also blocked some major highways.

Salma Rahman, an official at a financial institution in Dhaka, said that she left her car at home and caught a ride on a motorcycle. “Our office has alerted us to stay safe on streets, as there is fear that violence could happen during the shutdown.”

Protesters are demanding an end to a quota system that reserves up to 30% of government jobs for family members of veterans who fought in Bangladesh’s war of independence in 1971. They argue that the system is discriminatory and benefits supporters of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, whose Awami League party led the independence movement, and they want it replaced with a merit-based system.

Hasina’s government halted the quotas after mass student protests in 2018. But last month, Bangladesh’s High Court nullified that decision and reinstated the quotas after relatives of the 1971 veterans filed petitions, triggering the latest demonstrations. The Supreme Court then suspended the High Court’s ruling and is expected to rule on Aug. 7. The government has also appealed the High Court decision in the wake of the protest, according to the attorney general's office.

Huq said the government was seeking an early hearing.

“I have already asked the attorney general to appeal in the Supreme Court on Sunday seeking early hearing,” he told reporters. The Supreme Court had earlier set Aug. 7 to make decision on the quota issue. Friday and Saturday are parts of the weekend in Bangladesh. The court opens Sunday.

“I am requesting all to wait with patience until the verdict is delivered,” Hasina said in a televised address Wednesday evening. “I believe our students will get justice from the apex court. They will not be disappointed.”

While job opportunities have expanded in Bangladesh’s private sector, many people prefer government jobs because they are stable and well paid. Each year, some 400,000 graduates compete for 3,000 jobs in the civil service exam.

Hasina said there would be a judicial probe into Tuesday's deaths and vowed that those responsible would be brought to justice.

“Some precious lives have been lost unnecessarily,” she said. “I condemn every killing.”

U.N. Human Rights chief Volker Türk said in a post on the social media platform X that all acts of violence and deadly use of force must be investigated and the perpetrators held accountable. Türk said freedom of expression and peaceful assembly are fundamental human rights.

Bangladesh’s ruling party blamed the BNP for the chaos, and Dhaka police raided the party’s headquarters late Tuesday. Detective Chief Harun-or-Rashid said police arrested seven members of the party’s student wing, and said detectives found 100 crude bombs, 500 wooden and bamboo sticks, and five to six bottles of gasoline in the raid.

Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, a senior BNP leader, said the raid was a government attempt to divert attention from the protests.

Students clash with riot police during a protest against a quota system for government jobs, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, July 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)

Students clash with riot police during a protest against a quota system for government jobs, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, July 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)

Policemen fire tear gas to disperse students protesting against the quota system in public service in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, July 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)

Policemen fire tear gas to disperse students protesting against the quota system in public service in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, July 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)

An injured policeman lies on a street during clashes with students protesting against the quota system in public service in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, July 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)

An injured policeman lies on a street during clashes with students protesting against the quota system in public service in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, July 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)

Students clash with riot police during a protest against a quota system for government jobs, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, July 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)

Students clash with riot police during a protest against a quota system for government jobs, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, July 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)

Students clash with riot police during a protest against a quota system for government jobs, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, July 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)

Students clash with riot police during a protest against a quota system for government jobs, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, July 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)

Students clash with riot police during a protest against a quota system for government jobs, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, July 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)

Students clash with riot police during a protest against a quota system for government jobs, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, July 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)

Students advocating for quota reform in public service held a mock funeral at Dhaka University in memory of those who died during clashes, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, July 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)

Students advocating for quota reform in public service held a mock funeral at Dhaka University in memory of those who died during clashes, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, July 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)

Police fire tear gas shells and rubber bullets to disperse students shouting slogans in favor of quota system in public service at the university campus, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, July 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)

Police fire tear gas shells and rubber bullets to disperse students shouting slogans in favor of quota system in public service at the university campus, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, July 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)

Police fire tear gas shells and rubber bullets to disperse students shouting slogans in favor of quota system in public service at the university campus, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, July 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)

Police fire tear gas shells and rubber bullets to disperse students shouting slogans in favor of quota system in public service at the university campus, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, July 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)

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