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Nationals nip Braves in Dallas Keuchel's Atlanta debut

Dallas Keuchel labored through five innings in his Atlanta debut, coughing up a 3-0 lead as the Braves lost 4-3 to the Washington Nationals on Friday night.

Keuchel signed a one-year, $13 million contract on July 7 with the NL East-leading Braves, who hope he can help lead them to the postseason. The left-hander then made two minor league starts before he was recalled Friday from Double-A Mississippi.

It was the first major league appearance for Keuchel since he started Game 3 of last year’s AL Championship Series for the Houston Astros.

Keuchel (0-1) never retired Washington in order and gave up four runs, three earned, on eight hits.