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Atlanta (46-51)000010001280

Nationals 8, Braves 2

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ATLANTA -- Washington's collection of former Atlanta players overpowered the Braves.

Willie Harris and Ryan Langerhans combined for five hits and five runs, John Lannan won his rookie matchup against Jair Jurrjens and the Nationals rolled past the Braves, 8-2 on Saturday night.

Harris, a part-time starter for Atlanta last season, had three hits, two RBI, a stolen base and scored three runs. He has five hits in the first two games of the series.

"There is no explanation for it," Harris said. "I'm just seeing the ball well. It's definitely good to get those hits but it's no different from playing anybody else."

Harris, who spent most of his time with the Braves in left field because Andruw Jones was in center, is starting in center field for the Nationals. Harris made a diving catch of a line drive by Gregor Blanco to end the game.

"(Jones) was my teacher," Harris said. "I learned a lot from Andruw."

Harris is hitting .353 (24-for-68) in his last 22 games.

"He is playing tremendous for us in the leadoff hole," Washington manager Manny Acta said. "And he can flat out play center field."

Harris and Cristian Guzman drove in runs with triples. Guzman was 2-for-4 with three RBI.

Langerhans, another former Braves outfielder, was 2-for-3 with two doubles and two runs scored, giving him four hits in the first two games of the series.

Former Braves catcher Johnny Estrada also started and was 1-for-4.

Washington ended a six-game road losing streak with only its second win in its last 12 road games.

Lannan (6-9) gave up one run on seven hits in six innings to earn his second straight win, another strong road start.

Lannan lowered his road ERA to 2.44. Four of his six wins have come on the road.

Greg Norton hit a ninth-inning home run off Nationals closer Jon Rauch.

The Braves left the bases loaded in the fourth and fifth innings. They scored their first run in the fifth. Jurrjens, who walked with one out, scored on Chipper Jones' single.

Brian McCann lined out to right field to end the fifth, and Norton left the bases loaded in the fourth with a long fly to center.

"We can't hit the ball any better with men on," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "If they're at people and they run 'em down, that's the game of baseball."

Lannan said he wasn't trying to change his approach with the bases loaded.

"I was trying to attack them with my fastball and not get too pretty," Lannan said.

Jurrjens (9-5), allowed eight hits and five runs in 6 1/3 innings.

Jurrjens said he was rusty after the All-Star break but added "that's just excuses."

"I didn't have my great stuff today and I didn't make my pitches when I needed to make pitches," he said. "They hit balls right in the perfect spot."

Harris started a three-run third inning off Jurrjens with a single. Harris stole second and scored on Paul Lo Duca's double to right. Guzman followed with a triple to right to drive in Lo Duca. Guzman scored on Austin Kearns' fly to right for a 3-0 lead.

Jurrjens retired 11 of 12 batters before leaving the game in the Nationals' two-run seventh. Langerhans led off with a double and scored on the triple to right by Harris, knocking Jurrjens out of the game. Guzman added a run-scoring single off Buddy Carlyle.

Washington padded its lead with three runs off Royce Ring in the eighth. Harris drove in Langerhans with his third hit, a single. Lo Duca and Guzman added run-scoring singles.

Notes

  • RHP Rafael Soriano, who has been on the disabled list since June 6 with a sore right elbow, threw in the bullpen before the game and is expected to be activated on Monday, according to Braves general manager Frank Wren.
  • 1B Dmitri Young, a diabetic, was placed on the disabled list after missing his second straight game with high blood sugar, difficulty focusing and dizziness. The Nationals will activate 3B Ryan Zimmerman, who will join the team on Tuesday in San Francisco.
  • Rauch pitched the ninth inning for the Nationals after missing Friday night's game due to what Acta called "family issues."
 
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Players of the Game
Washington

W. Harris
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Washington

C. Guzman
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 
Washington Nationals
Willie Harris, CF5332001 .240
Paul Lo Duca, 1B5122021 .234
Cristian Guzman, SS4123000 .314
Austin Kearns, RF4021011 .211
Johnny Estrada, C4010001 .170
    Saul Rivera, P0000000 .000
    Luis Ayala, P0000000 .000
   a- Felipe Lopez, PH1000000 .235
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
Ronnie Belliard, 2B5010023 .233
Kory Casto, 3B4000110 .203
Ryan Langerhans, LF3220113 .256
John Lannan, P2000014 .038
   b- Pete Orr, PH1000001 .200
    Wil Nieves, C1110000 .265
Totals39814828  
a-lined out for Ayala in the 9th
b-grounded out for Lannan in the 7th
Batting
2B - Paul Lo Duca (6, Jurrjens), Ryan Langerhans 2 (2, Jurrjens, Jurrjens)
3B - Willie Harris (3, Jurrjens), Cristian Guzman (3, Jurrjens)
SF - Cristian Guzman (3), Austin Kearns (1)
RBI - Willie Harris 2 (15), Paul Lo Duca 2 (10), Cristian Guzman 3 (34), Austin Kearns (25)
2-OUT RBI - Cristian Guzman (15)
SB - Willie Harris (7, 2nd base off Jurrjens/McCann)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Guzman-Belliard-Lo Duca
E - Ronnie Belliard (6, Misplayed grounder), Austin Kearns (4, Throwing)
Washington Nationals
John Lannan (W,6-9) 6711340 3.29
Saul Rivera 1000010 3.34
Luis Ayala 1000010 5.32
Jon Rauch 1111011 2.98
HBP - Francoeur (by John Lannan)
Pitches-Strikes - John Lannan 106-61, Saul Rivera 14-10, Luis Ayala 12-11, Jon Rauch 14-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lannan 5-7, Saul Rivera 1-1, Luis Ayala 2-0
Batters Faced - John Lannan 27, Saul Rivera 3, Luis Ayala 3, Jon Rauch 4
Atlanta Braves
Gregor Blanco, CF5030000 .260
Martin Prado, 2B4000024 .254
Chipper Jones, 3B4011011 .374
Mark Teixeira, 1B3010111 .273
Brian McCann, C3010103 .302
Jeff Francoeur, RF3010012 .233
Greg Norton, LF4111004 .233
Brent Lillibridge, SS4000021 .239
Jair Jurrjens, P2100101 .086
    Buddy Carlyle, P0000000 .200
    Royce Ring, P0000000 .000
    Vladimir Nunez, P0000000 .000
    Julian Tavarez, P0000000 .000
   a- Ruben Gotay, PH1000000 .213
Totals3328237  
a-flied out for Tavarez in the 9th
Batting
HR - Greg Norton (3, Rauch)
RBI - Chipper Jones (52), Greg Norton (19)
2-OUT RBI - Chipper Jones (10)
SB - Brian McCann (2, off Lannan/Estrada)
CS - Gregor Blanco (3, 2nd base by Lannan/Estrada)
Team LOB - 8
Atlanta Braves
Jair Jurrjens (L,9-5) 6.1855150 3.22
Buddy Carlyle 0.2300010 1.52
Royce Ring 0.1233110 4.82
Vladimir Nunez 0.2100000 0.00
Julian Tavarez 1000010 7.17
Pitches-Strikes - Jair Jurrjens 98-63, Buddy Carlyle 13-11, Royce Ring 15-7, Vladimir Nunez 6-5, Julian Tavarez 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jair Jurrjens 6-8, Julian Tavarez 1-1
Batters Faced - Jair Jurrjens 28, Buddy Carlyle 5, Royce Ring 4, Vladimir Nunez 3, Julian Tavarez 3
Game Information
Attendance - 43285
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Chuck Meriwether, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Bill Welke