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Atlanta «1030110017120
Washington100100001380

Braves 7, Nationals 3

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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WASHINGTON -- As Atlanta clings to its slim postseason chances, starter Lance Cormier gave the Braves just what they needed.

Cormier allowed two runs and six hits over 6 1/3 innings and the Braves hit three home runs in a 7-3 victory over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night.

"Lance came up with another gem I thought," manager Bobby Cox said. "His curveball was really working, and that's a great pitch, because nobody can hit that thing."

Atlanta, which has 10 games remaining, closed within five games behind Los Angeles, the NL wild-card leader. The Braves have been in the playoffs every year since 1991.

Brian McCann hit a three-run homer in the third and Andruw Jones, who had an RBI single in the first, hit a solo shot -- his 36th -- in the fifth. Jeff Francoeur added a solo homer, his 26th, in the sixth.

The Braves have 202 home runs this season, fifth-most in franchise history.

"Especially considering we don't play in a hitter's park," it's impressive, said McCann, who has 21 homers. "We've got a lot of guys with power."

Cormier (4-5) won for the second time in his last three starts. He walked four, struck out five and gave up Ryan Zimmerman's 19th home run in the first inning.

"I'm just trying to continue to believe that I've got the stuff to be a starter," Cormier said. "Just go out there when you have the chance to start and give it everything you have."

Ramon Ortiz (10-15) allowed five runs and eight hits, including the home runs to McCann and Jones, in five innings. In his last eight starts, he is 1-6 with an 8.08 ERA. He has lost all three games since his near no-hitter against St. Louis on Sept. 4, and he is tied with the Cardinals' Jason Marquis for the National League lead in losses.

"Every time I make a mistake - home run," Ortiz said. "I don't want to think about my last three games. I have to keep pitching well. I want to finish strong. I want to do the best I can my last three games."

Zimmerman's homer gave him 99 RBI for the season, tops among NL rookies. He scored in the fourth on Bernie Castro's infield single.

Cormier left with one out in the seventh after Nook Logan reached on a bunt single and Jose Vidro walked. Reliever Chad Paronto forced groundouts from Alfonso Soriano and Felipe Lopez to end the threat.

Edgar Renteria had an RBI double in the ninth for Atlanta.

Brian Schneider of the Nationals doubled in the ninth to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games. He scored on a two-out single by Brandon Harper.

Notes

Braves 3B Chipper Jones left the game after the sixth inning because of soreness in the second toe on his right foot. Cox said he could start Thursday at Colorado. ... Braves closer Bob Wickman agreed to a $6.5 million, one-year contract extension for 2007. ... Nationals RHP Brett Campbell will miss the next 7-10 days with a back strain. ... Self-help guru Dr. Phil McGraw threw out the ceremonial first pitch. ... Zimmerman's last homer was Sept. 2 against Arizona. ... Logan has seven bunt hits since being acquired from Detroit on Sept. 1. ... The Braves' record for home runs in a season is 235 in 2003.

 
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Players of the Game
Atlanta

A. Jones
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Washington

R. Zimmerman
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Atlanta Braves
Pete Orr, 2B5120011 .247
Edgar Renteria, SS5011002 .292
    Martin Prado, PR0000000 .278
    Macay McBride, P0000000 .000
Chipper Jones, 3B2210100 .319
   a- Willy Aybar, PH-3B2010011 .262
Andruw Jones, CF4122103 .258
Brian McCann, C4113003 .326
Jeff Francoeur, RF4121000 .262
Adam LaRoche, 1B3000111 .288
Matt Diaz, LF3010001 .332
    Ryan Langerhans, LF1000010 .234
Lance Cormier, P3000001 .091
    Chad Paronto, P0000000 .000
    Tyler Yates, P0000000 .000
   b- Daryle Ward, PH1010000 .303
    Tony Pena, PR-SS0100000 .182
Totals3771273413 
a-singled for Jones in the 7th
b-doubled for Yates in the 9th
Batting
2B - Edgar Renteria (37, C. Cordero), Chipper Jones (26, Ortiz), Daryle Ward (10, C. Cordero)
HR - Andruw Jones (36, Ortiz), Brian McCann (21, Ortiz), Jeff Francoeur (26, Booker)
RBI - Edgar Renteria (62), Andruw Jones 2 (116), Brian McCann 3 (80), Jeff Francoeur (97)
2-OUT RBI - Andruw Jones 2 (44), Brian McCann 3 (41)
CS - Pete Orr (4, 2nd base by Ortiz/Schneider)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Renteria-LaRoche
Atlanta Braves
Lance Cormier (W,4-5) 6.1622451 5.00
Chad Paronto (H,8) 0.2000000 3.25
Tyler Yates 1000020 3.91
Macay McBride 1211030 3.68
WP - Lance Cormier (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Lance Cormier 99-58, Chad Paronto 6-5, Tyler Yates 14-8, Macay McBride 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Lance Cormier 5-7, Chad Paronto 2-0
Batters Faced - Lance Cormier 27, Chad Paronto 2, Tyler Yates 3, Macay McBride 5
Washington Nationals
Alfonso Soriano, LF5010012 .283
Felipe Lopez, SS4000003 .273
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4221000 .282
Nick Johnson, 1B2000210 .292
Austin Kearns, RF3000123 .265
Brian Schneider, C4110021 .251
Bernie Castro, 2B4011011 .237
Nook Logan, CF4010023 .300
Ramon Ortiz, P1000010 .111
   a- George Lombard, PH1010000 .250
    Chris Booker, P0000000 .000
    Billy Traber, P0000000 .083
   b- Jose Vidro, PH0000100 .286
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
    Chad Cordero, P0000000 .000
   c- Brandon Harper, PH1011000 .367
Totals3338341013 
a-singled for Ortiz in the 5th
b-walked for Traber in the 7th
c-singled for C. Cordero in the 9th
Batting
2B - Brian Schneider (17, McBride)
HR - Ryan Zimmerman (19, Cormier)
RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (99), Bernie Castro (7), Brandon Harper (6)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (32), Bernie Castro (4), Brandon Harper (1)
CS - Alfonso Soriano (17, 2nd base by Cormier/McCann)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - N. Johnson-Castro
Washington Nationals
Ramon Ortiz (L,10-15) 5855212 5.40
Chris Booker 1111011 13.50
Billy Traber 1100100 7.47
Jon Rauch 1000010 3.48
Chad Cordero 1211010 3.16
Pitches-Strikes - Ramon Ortiz 80-49, Chris Booker 19-15, Billy Traber 18-8, Jon Rauch 13-9, Chad Cordero 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ramon Ortiz 6-6, Chris Booker 1-1, Billy Traber 2-1, Jon Rauch 1-1, Chad Cordero 1-1
Batters Faced - Ramon Ortiz 23, Chris Booker 4, Billy Traber 5, Jon Rauch 3, Chad Cordero 5
Game Information
Attendance - 19027
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Mark Wegner