Washington at Atlanta

W: T. Ohka (1-1) L: J. Thomson (1-1)
HR: WAS - J. Guillen (4), J. Guillen (5)   ATL - C. Jones (3)

Guillen helps power Nationals past Braves to take series

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

ATLANTA -- The Montreal Expos lost 10 of their last 11 series against the Braves, splitting the other.

The Washington Nationals won their very first series against Atlanta.

Jose Guillen homered twice, becoming the first player in the major leagues with five this season, and the Washington Nationals beat the Braves 11-4 Wednesday to win the last two games in the three-game series.

"This team is going to surprise a lot of people," Washington's Jose Vidro said after the Nationals completed a 5-4 trip and headed home for Thursday night's RFK Stadium opener.

It will be the capital's first regular-season game since the expansion Senators became the Texas Rangers after the 1971 season. President Bush, the Rangers' former owner, is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Guillen drove in four runs, including a two-run drive off Roman Colon in a six-run ninth that included pinch-hitter Terrmel Sledge's three-run triple.

Guillen also homered off Adam Bernero in the seventh inning. Manager Frank Robinson said he was most impressed with the cleanup hitter's sacrifice fly off starter John Thomson in the fifth inning.

"It's nice to have somebody who can carry us," Robinson said. "He has instilled in this ballclub that he can get the big hit and drive in the run."

Guillen is hitting .359 with five homers and eight RBI.

"It's kind of different for me this year," he said. "If they want me to be the guy, it doesn't matter. I'm just going to go up there and look for a good pitch to hit. I'm an aggressive hitter."

It was the first series win for the Expos/Nationals over the Braves since Montreal swept a three-game series from March 31-April 2, 2003.

Tomo Ohka (1-1) won despite walking six in six innings. He gave up three runs and four hits, leaving with a 5-3 lead.

Thomson (1-1) allowed four runs, seven hits and four walks in six innings.

Braves manager Bobby Cox was ejected by plate umpire Randy Marsh in the first inning, his first ejection of the season. Cox and Thomson were upset about Marsh calling a ball on a close 3-2 pitch to Nick Johnson for the second walk, which loaded the bases. Ryan Church followed with a two-run single for a 2-0 lead.

Cox was tossed when he continued to complain while standing on the dugout steps after the third out.

"I thought the pitch was a strike," Cox said. "It cost us two runs at the start of the game."

Cox left the dugout but said he continued to manage after he was tossed. Asked if that is allowed, Cox said "Nope. I just manage the game downstairs. It's not a problem. It's easy. Everybody does it."

Chipper Jones' third homer cut the margin in half in the bottom of the inning, and Atlanta went ahead 3-2 in the third on Johnny Estrada's two-run double. Washington went ahead for good in the fifth when Jamey Carroll and Jose Vidro hit back-to-back triples and Guillen followed with a sacrifice fly.

Braves right fielder Raul Mondesi appeared to misjudge Vidro's drive, pulling up as if he thought the ball would clear the fence for a home run. Mondesi also struck out with the bases loaded and two outs in the fifth after Adam LaRoche was intentionally walked.

Guillen's homer off Bernero in the seventh gave Washington a 5-3 lead, but LaRoche hit an RBI single in the seventh. Mondesi, who stranded six runners, then struck out, leaving his batting average at .133.

After Guillen's two-run homer off Colon in the ninth, Sledge had a three-run triple off Kevin Gryboski and scored on Brad Wilkerson's single.


  • Chipper Jones needs one homer to tie Reggie Smith for fourth among switch-hitters with 314.
  • Former longtime Braves president Stan Kasten attended the game. Kasten may be part of a group that could attempt to purchase the Nationals.
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Johnny Estrada and John Thomson are left to their own devices when the Braves skipper gets kicked out. (AP)
Johnny Estrada and John Thomson are left to their own devices when the Braves skipper gets kicked out. (AP)

Players of the Game

J. Guillen
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2

C. Jones
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1

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Washington Nationals
Brad Wilkerson, LF5011112 .368
Jamey Carroll, 3B5220013 .364
   a- Carlos Baerga, PH-3B1000001 .000
Jose Vidro, 2B3311202 .286
Jose Guillen, RF4224012 .359
Nick Johnson, 1B3110200 .286
Ryan Church, CF3112201 .176
Cristian Guzman, SS5000016 .114
Brian Schneider, C4110100 .250
Tomo Ohka, P3020000 .600
    Luis Ayala, P1000000 .000
   b- Terrmel Sledge, PH1113000 .273
    Chad Cordero, P0000000 .000
    Joey Eischen, P0000000 .000
a-grounded out for Carroll in the 9th
b-tripled for Ayala in the 9th
2B - Nick Johnson (3, Martin), Brian Schneider (5, Thomson)
3B - Jamey Carroll (1, Thomson), Jose Vidro (1, Thomson), Terrmel Sledge (1, Gryboski)
HR - Jose Guillen 2 (5, Bernero, Colon)
SF - Jose Guillen (1)
RBI - Brad Wilkerson (4), Jose Vidro (5), Jose Guillen 4 (8), Ryan Church 2 (3), Terrmel Sledge 3 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Brad Wilkerson (3), Ryan Church 2 (2), Terrmel Sledge 3 (5)
Team LOB - 9
Washington Nationals
Tomo Ohka (W,1-1) 6433621 4.50
Luis Ayala (H,3) 2411010 1.35
Chad Cordero 0.2100000 1.35
Joey Eischen 0.1000010 5.40
IBB - LaRoche by Tomo Ohka
Pitches-Strikes - Tomo Ohka 89-49, Luis Ayala 27-17, Chad Cordero 10-5, Joey Eischen 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tomo Ohka 7-9, Luis Ayala 3-2, Chad Cordero 1-1
Batters Faced - Tomo Ohka 28, Luis Ayala 10, Chad Cordero 3, Joey Eischen 1
Atlanta Braves
Rafael Furcal, SS5000003 .171
Pete Orr, 2B5110011 .281
Chipper Jones, 3B4221101 .382
Andruw Jones, CF3120200 .323
Johnny Estrada, C5022005 .286
Adam LaRoche, 1B4011112 .269
Raul Mondesi, RF4000026 .133
Ryan Langerhans, LF3010100 .222
John Thomson, P1000100 .000
   a- Marcus Giles, PH1000000 .333
    Adam Bernero, P0000000 .000
    Chris Reitsma, P0000000 .000
   b- Wilson Betemit, PH0000000 .000
    Roman Colon, P0000000 .000
    Tom Martin, P0000000 .000
    Kevin Gryboski, P0000000 .000
a-flied out for Thomson in the 6th
b-hit a sacrifice bunt for Reitsma in the 8th
2B - Pete Orr (1, Ohka), Andruw Jones (1, Ohka), Johnny Estrada (3, Ohka)
HR - Chipper Jones (3, Ohka)
SH - Wilson Betemit (1)
RBI - Chipper Jones (7), Johnny Estrada 2 (4), Adam LaRoche (5)
2-OUT RBI - Chipper Jones (3), Adam LaRoche (5)
Team LOB - 11
Atlanta Braves
John Thomson (L,1-1) 6744440 3.46
Adam Bernero 1111101 3.86
Chris Reitsma 1000000 2.25
Roman Colon 0.1122101 6.75
Tom Martin 0.1133200 19.29
Kevin Gryboski 0.1211000 2.45
Pitches-Strikes - John Thomson 90-55, Adam Bernero 18-10, Chris Reitsma 11-8, Roman Colon 13-7, Tom Martin 21-11, Kevin Gryboski 6-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Thomson 1-13, Chris Reitsma 2-1, Kevin Gryboski 1-0
Batters Faced - John Thomson 29, Adam Bernero 5, Chris Reitsma 3, Roman Colon 3, Tom Martin 4, Kevin Gryboski 3
Game Information
Attendance - 19093
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Randy Marsh, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Jim Wolf