WASHINGTON -- Andruw Jones' sixth-inning home run Monday night helped him pass a legendary name in Atlanta Braves history. More importantly to the slugging outfielder, the drive helped keep his team's faint playoff hopes alive.
Jones' shot off Tony Armas (8-12) was the 336th of his career, moving him past Hall of Famer Hank Aaron for third place in club history since the team moved from Milwaukee in 1966. Dale Murphy holds the Atlanta record with 371, and Chipper Jones has 354.
"It's always good (to set) records. When you're passing a legend like Hank Aaron, your name just goes in the record book," Andruw Jones said. "After that, we're just trying to win games and go out there and have fun."
Daryle Ward added a pinch-hit, three-run homer in the eighth inning in his first appearance against the Nationals since they traded him to the Braves on Aug. 31. Andruw Jones also doubled and scored three runs for Atlanta.
Davies allowed one run and four hits, struck out five and walked two in five-plus innings. Davies had been 0-3 with a 14.40 ERA in three starts since returning from the disabled list on Sept. 1 after being sidelined since May 17 with a torn groin.
He worked out of a bases loaded jam in the fourth when he got Melvin Dorta to pop out.
Davies was checked by the team trainer during the fifth inning, when he felt a pop in his surgically repaired groin, but he stayed in the game after a few warmup pitches. He was removed in the sixth after allowing a leadoff single.
"It loosened up a lot, so maybe it is a good thing," Davies said. "They said that would happen (when) you tear some adhesions and stuff. It was kind of a good feeling afterward. It didn't burn, didn't hurt, just kind of released some of the tension that was down there."
Armas fell to 0-4 in his last six starts. He allowed three runs, six hits and three walks while striking out four over 6 2/3 innings.
With none out in the sixth, Andruw Jones hit a 2-2 pitch into the mezzanine section in left field, scoring Adam LaRoche, who had led off with a single.
"I was making my pitches, and I hung one," Armas said. "He won the battle. He's a good hitter and you can't make mistakes with him."
The Braves scored their first run in the second inning when Willy Aybar's two-out single scored Andruw Jones, who had led off the inning with a double.
Washington loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh inning but Villareal struck out Felipe Lopez to end the threat.
Ward put the game out of reach when he homered on an 0-2 pitch from reliever Richard Campbell in the eighth. It was Ward's first home run since he was acquired by the Braves.
"I was happy that I was able to get the job done," Ward said. "There's always going to be some sense of revenge. You can't lie about that or hold it back. You do want to put it to them, and to get a hit like that is a point on my side."
|Atlanta's Kyle Davies strikes out five in five innings to earn the victory over Washington. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Marcus Giles, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.268|
|Edgar Renteria, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.293|
|a- Tony Pena, PH-SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.188|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||5||1||1||0||0||1||1||.292|
|Andruw Jones, CF||3||3||2||2||1||1||0||.258|
|Brian McCann, C||2||1||1||0||2||0||0||.327|
|Jeff Francoeur, RF||3||0||0||0||1||1||5||.262|
|Matt Diaz, LF||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.333|
|Oscar Villarreal, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Daryle Ward, PH||1||1||1||3||0||0||0||.300|
|Macay McBride, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chad Paronto, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Willy Aybar, 3B||4||0||1||1||0||0||3||.261|
|Kyle Davies, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.048|
|Ryan Langerhans, LF||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.234|
|a-flied out for Renteria in the 9th|
|b-homered for Villarreal in the 8th|
|2B - Andruw Jones (28, Armas)|
|HR - Andruw Jones (35, Armas), Daryle Ward (7, Campbell)|
|SH - Marcus Giles (4)|
|RBI - Andruw Jones 2 (114), Daryle Ward 3 (24), Willy Aybar (26)|
|2-OUT RBI - Willy Aybar (15)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Aybar-Giles-LaRoche|
|Kyle Davies (W,3-5)||5||4||1||1||2||5||0||7.18|
|Oscar Villarreal (H,1)||2||2||0||0||1||1||0||3.76|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Davies 95-59, Oscar Villarreal 30-18, Macay McBride 16-8, Chad Paronto 17-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Davies 5-5, Oscar Villarreal 2-2, Macay McBride 1-2, Chad Paronto 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Kyle Davies 21, Oscar Villarreal 8, Macay McBride 4, Chad Paronto 3|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.285|
|Felipe Lopez, SS||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.276|
|Nick Johnson, 1B||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.292|
|Austin Kearns, RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.265|
|Jose Vidro, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.287|
|Chris Booker, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Robert Fick, C||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.262|
|Nook Logan, CF||2||0||1||1||1||1||0||.302|
|Melvin Dorta, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||5||.167|
|Tony J. Armas, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||.064|
|Billy Traber, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.083|
|a- Ryan Church, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.265|
|Richard Campbell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Bernie Castro, 2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.236|
|a-singled for Traber in the 7th|
|SF - Nook Logan (2)|
|RBI - Nook Logan (6)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - F. Lopez-Vidro-N. Johnson|
|E - Austin Kearns (7, )|
|Tony J. Armas (L,8-12)||6.2||6||3||3||3||4||1||5.22|
|HBP - Diaz (by Tony J. Armas)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tony J. Armas 96-59, Billy Traber 3-3, Richard Campbell 26-16, Chris Booker 12-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tony J. Armas 10-5|
|Batters Faced - Tony J. Armas 29, Billy Traber 1, Richard Campbell 6, Chris Booker 3|
|Attendance - 25211|
|Game Time - 2:57|
|Temperature - 78|
|Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Jerry Layne|