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McCann snaps Braves' five-game slide with homer vs. Nats

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ATLANTA -- Brian McCann says it will take more than one game for all of Atlanta's hitters to shake out of their slumps.

Monday night was McCann's turn.

McCann snapped a career-worst 0-for-16 streak with a run-scoring single that gave the Braves their first lead in a week, and he added a three-run homer to lift Atlanta to a 4-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Monday night.

"Thank God for Brian McCann," said leadoff hitter Willie Harris. "It's huge to see McCann do what he did tonight. He drove in all our runs."

McCann, a 2006 All-Star, was hitting only .250 before helping the Braves snap a season-worst, five-game losing streak, including four shutout losses.

McCann said he's not the player to carry a team on his back.

"I'm probably the last person capable of doing that right now," McCann said, adding "It's one game. ... Slumps take a little bit of time to get out of. Hopefully tonight is the night we start to do that."

The Braves were outscored 27-1 in their five straight losses.

Atlanta ended its streak of 48 innings without holding a lead when McCann's fourth-inning single drove in Edgar Renteria for a 1-0 lead. The Braves had not led a game since beating the Boston Red Sox 9-4 last Monday.

McCann's second four-RBI game of the season helped Tim Hudson (7-5) win for the first time since May 30.

"It's been a while; it's been a lot longer than we would like," Hudson said.

"I feel like I haven't thrown the ball quite as bad as the results lately."

Despite having only seven wins, Hudson has a 3.29 ERA.

"He's had horrendous luck," said Braves manager Bobby Cox.

Hudson, who had two losses and two no-decisions in his first four starts of June, gave up seven hits and one run with no walks in seven innings. He had nine strikeouts, matching his combined total from his first four starts of the month.

Even on a night the Braves were outhit 9-7, Hudson was appreciative of the four runs.

"I'll tell you man, after we scored the one run it felt like three or four," Hudson said. "When Mac hit that three-run homer, I felt like we had a 10-run lead."

Bob Wickman got three outs for his 13th save in 16 chances.

In the fourth, Renteria reached on a fielder's choice grounder and moved to second on a line-drive single up the middle by Chipper Jones. Washington starter Jason Bergmann lost his cap as he ducked to avoid Jones' liner.

Renteria, who moved to third on Andruw Jones' fly ball to center, scored easily on McCann's single to left.

Bergmann (1-4), who came off the disabled list to start after missing five weeks with an inflamed right elbow, gave up four hits -- including three in the fourth inning -- and one run with four strikeouts in four innings.

McCann's three-run homer off Washington reliever Billy Traber drove in Renteria, who doubled, and Andruw Jones, who was intentionally walked with McCann on deck. The decision to walk Jones came after he had a 3-0 count.

"It doesn't matter if he is hitting .198 or whatever, he is always a dangerous hitter," said Washington catcher Brian Schneider.

Said Washington manager Manny Acta: "Despite Andruw's struggles, he still had twice as many RBI as McCann."

Actually, Jones has 42 RBI. McCann now has 39.

"(Jones) has the potential to beat you, but McCann does, too," Traber said.

Austin Kearns led off the seventh with an infield single and scored on Schneider's single to left to cut Atlanta's lead to 4-1.

Braves reliever Rafael Soriano struck out the side in the eighth after giving up a leadoff single to Felipe Lopez.

Notes

  • McCann's run-scoring single in the fourth ended the Braves' 0-for-24 drought with runners in scoring position.
  • Bergmann's last start came May 14 in a win at home over Atlanta.
  • Braves pitchers combined for 13 strikeouts, matching a season high set on April 25 at Florida.
 
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The Braves get a big boost from Brian McCann, who delivers a three-run blast and an RBI single.  (AP)
The Braves get a big boost from Brian McCann, who delivers a three-run blast and an RBI single. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

T. Hudson
IP 7.0
H 7
ER 1
BB 0
K 9
Atlanta

B. McCann
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
 
Washington Nationals
Brandon Watson, CF4000013 .278
Felipe Lopez, SS4010010 .237
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4010031 .247
Dmitri Young, 1B4010011 .338
Austin Kearns, RF4110022 .258
Ryan Church, LF4010010 .260
Ronnie Belliard, 2B4010012 .296
Brian Schneider, C4031001 .251
Jason Bergmann, P1000011 .111
   a- Ryan Langerhans, PH1000011 .171
    Billy Traber, P0000000 .000
   b- D'Angelo Jimenez, PH1000012 .067
    Luis Ayala, P0000000 .000
    Chris Schroder, P0000000 .000
   c- Tony Batista, PH1000001 .235
Totals36191013  
a-struck out for Bergmann in the 5th
b-struck out for Traber in the 7th
c-flied out for Schroder in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ryan Zimmerman (17, Hudson), Ronnie Belliard (9, Hudson), Brian Schneider (9, Wickman)
RBI - Brian Schneider (31)
SB - Felipe Lopez (9, 2nd base off Soriano/McCann)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Schneider-Belliard
Washington Nationals
Jason Bergmann (L,1-4) 4411040 2.72
Billy Traber 2233131 2.84
Luis Ayala 1000000 0.00
Chris Schroder 1100010 0.00
IBB - A. Jones by Billy Traber
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Bergmann 76-52, Billy Traber 29-17, Luis Ayala 11-6, Chris Schroder 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Bergmann 1-6, Billy Traber 2-1, Luis Ayala 1-2, Chris Schroder 2-0
Batters Faced - Jason Bergmann 15, Billy Traber 9, Luis Ayala 3, Chris Schroder 4
Atlanta Braves
Willie Harris, LF4020010 .383
Edgar Renteria, SS4210011 .323
Chipper Jones, 3B4020001 .323
    Yunel Escobar, PR-3B0000000 .264
Andruw Jones, CF3100112 .197
Brian McCann, C3124000 .256
Jeff Francoeur, RF3000022 .273
Kelly Johnson, 2B3000020 .271
Scott Thorman, 1B3000010 .229
Tim Hudson, P2000000 .188
   a- Pete Orr, PH1000000 .189
    Rafael Soriano, P0000000 .000
    Bob Wickman, P0000000 .000
Totals3047418  
a-lined out for Hudson in the 7th
Batting
2B - Edgar Renteria (19, Traber), Chipper Jones (16, Schroder)
HR - Brian McCann (6, Traber)
RBI - Brian McCann 4 (39)
2-OUT RBI - Brian McCann 4 (16)
CS - Willie Harris (4, 2nd base by Bergmann/Schneider)
Team LOB - 3
Atlanta Braves
Tim Hudson (W,7-5) 7711090 3.29
Rafael Soriano (H,13) 1100030 2.94
Bob Wickman (S,13) 1100010 3.24
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 82-56, Rafael Soriano 18-12, Bob Wickman 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 9-3
Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 28, Rafael Soriano 4, Bob Wickman 4
Game Information
Attendance - 25375
Game Time - 2:29
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Paul Schrieber