On Atlanta's hottest day on record, Mike Minor did enough to cool off Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals.
''He did, under tough conditions,'' Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. ''I think we took a step forward with him today. He competed his butt off today.''
Mike Minor won for just the second time in 12 starts and Atlanta overcame 106-degree heat to beat the Nationals 7-5 on Saturday.
The National Weather Service reported that the temperature was one degree hotter than the previous high from 1980.
''I think today 80-some pitches might equal about 140 the way the weather was,'' Gonzalez said. ''For (Minor's) psyche ad his confidence, I think we took a step forward today. He was a bulldog today, didn't give it up.''
Strasburg (9-3) left after just three innings because of weather-related issues and had three intravenous fluid treatments. He didn't return to begin the fourth, tying for the shortest outing of his 33-start career.
Braves officials reported no major he...