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Nationals drop Braves to extend winning streak to four games

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WASHINGTON -- A little run support and some timely hitting went a long way for the suddenly resurgent Washington Nationals.

Lastings Milledge and Ryan Zimmerman both drove in two runs and Washington beat the Atlanta Braves 7-3 on Friday night for its fourth straight victory.

"You can get all the timely hitting, all the timely hits you want, but if we don't win, those timely hits doesn't mean anything," Washington outfielder Willie Harris said. "Right now, everybody's playing well, everybody's having fun. It's a lot more fun around here when you're winning and we're going to try to finish up strongly."

The winning streak matches the Nationals' season high. It's the third four-game run of the year for Washington, which last won five in a row Sept. 1-5, 2007.

Before the current surge, Washington had dropped 14 of 16, including a 12-game losing streak, the franchise's longest since 1976.

"We don't remember the losing streak. You remember that," Manny Acta told reporters. "We have played good the last four games. ... We're enjoying it right now."

Odalis Perez (6-10) allowed three runs -- two earned -- and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings to win for the first time in four starts. The left-hander walked two and struck out three.

Benefiting from an early 5-0 lead, Perez was determined not to let the offensive outburst go to waste. Four of Washington's runs came on two-out hits.

"For any pitcher, you see three or four runs and you're good. You're happy with that. ... For me, to see four, five, six, seven runs -- that's a lot of runs to work with," Perez said.

Joel Hanrahan, the sixth Washington pitcher, got the final two outs for his seventh save.

Cristian Guzman, who became the second National to hit for the cycle in Thursday night's victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, had two hits and is on an 11-for-18 tear.

Greg Norton homered for Atlanta, which has dropped 14 of 18. The Braves have lost eight of 12 to the Nationals, the only team below them in the NL East.

"Numbers can speak for themselves," Atlanta catcher Brian McCann said.

After Perez wiggled out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the first, Zimmerman's RBI single put the Nationals up 1-0. Following Guzman's double, Zimmerman blooped a run-scoring hit to right.

In the second, Emilio Bonifacio's one-out triple scored Elijah Dukes, who had slapped a leadoff double off the glove of third baseman Chipper Jones. Guzman then singled for a 3-0 lead.

Washington chased Braves starter Jorge Campillo in a two-run fourth. Bonifacio's single and walks to Willie Harris and Zimmerman loaded the bases with two outs. Milledge poked a two-run single to right, and Buddy Carlyle replaced Campillo.

"I missed a lot of my spots. That's the problem with me. I can't miss my spots," Campillo said.

Campillo (7-7) went 3 1/3 innings, allowing five runs and eight hits. He walked three and struck out three.

McCann wondered what a few early runs would have meant to Campillo and the Braves.

"We have to swing the bats early," McCann said. "If we put a three-spot on the board, he pitched a great game. Everything gets magnified when you don't swing the bats."

Atlanta cut the lead to 5-3 in the fifth. Omar Infante led off with a double and Norton hit a two-run, pinch-hit homer to center. Josh Anderson reached on an infield single and went to second on second baseman Bonifacio's throwing error before Martin Prado's RBI double.

Zimmerman's sacrifice fly and Ronnie Belliard's run-scoring single extended the lead to 7-3 in the sixth.

Notes

  • Milledge's multihit game was his 26th, second-most on the team to Guzman's 44. Milledge got his 100th and 101st career RBI.
  • Norton's pinch homer was his second this season and 12th of his career.
  • RHP Elmer Dessens, activated before the game after agreeing to terms Wednesday, made his Braves debut. He allowed two runs in 1 2/3 innings.
 
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Ryan Zimmerman has another solid effort, driving in two as the Nats win their fourth straight. (AP)
Ryan Zimmerman has another solid effort, driving in two as the Nats win their fourth straight. (AP)

Players of the Game
Washington

L. Milledge
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Washington

C. Guzman
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Atlanta Braves
Josh Anderson, CF5110013 .310
Martin Prado, 1B5011014 .333
Chipper Jones, 3B3010111 .358
Brian McCann, C3020100 .294
Yunel Escobar, SS4000003 .281
Omar Infante, LF4110011 .306
Jeff Francoeur, RF4000001 .230
Kelly Johnson, 2B3010001 .264
Jorge Campillo, P1000010 .189
    Buddy Carlyle, P0000000 .250
   a- Greg Norton, PH1112000 .260
    Elmer Dessens, P0000000 .000
    Blaine Boyer, P0000000 .000
   b- Brandon Jones, PH0000100 .273
    Vladimir Nunez, P0000000 .000
   c- Gregor Blanco, PH0000100 .256
Totals3338345  
a-homered for Carlyle in the 5th
b-walked for Boyer in the 7th
c-walked for Nunez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Martin Prado (12, O. Perez), Omar Infante (19, O. Perez)
HR - Greg Norton (6, O. Perez)
RBI - Martin Prado (24), Greg Norton 2 (29)
2-OUT RBI - Martin Prado (10), Greg Norton 2 (11)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Escobar-Prado
E - Yunel Escobar (14, Misplayed grounder)
Atlanta Braves
Jorge Campillo (L,7-7) 3.2855330 3.61
Buddy Carlyle 0.1000000 3.33
Elmer Dessens 1.2122200 10.80
Blaine Boyer 0.1100010 5.19
Vladimir Nunez 2000010 4.95
WP - Jorge Campillo (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge Campillo 86-52, Buddy Carlyle 7-5, Elmer Dessens 31-14, Blaine Boyer 9-6, Vladimir Nunez 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge Campillo 4-4, Buddy Carlyle 1-0, Elmer Dessens 3-2, Vladimir Nunez 4-1
Batters Faced - Jorge Campillo 22, Buddy Carlyle 1, Elmer Dessens 8, Blaine Boyer 2, Vladimir Nunez 6
Washington Nationals
Willie Harris, LF2200300 .251
Cristian Guzman, SS5121001 .304
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B3012103 .273
Lastings Milledge, CF4122021 .261
Ronnie Belliard, 1B4021003 .277
Elijah Dukes, RF4110012 .269
Jesus Flores, C4000002 .254
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B3221100 .252
Odalis Perez, P3000013 .163
    Charlie Manning, P0000000 .000
    Marco Estrada, P0000000 .000
   a- Pete Orr, PH1000010 .228
    Saul Rivera, P0000000 .000
    Steven Shell, P0000000 .000
    Joel Hanrahan, P0000000 .000
Totals33710755  
a-struck out for M. Estrada in the 7th
Batting
2B - Cristian Guzman (30, Campillo), Lastings Milledge (21, Dessens), Elijah Dukes (10, Campillo)
3B - Emilio Bonifacio (4, Campillo)
SF - Ryan Zimmerman (4)
RBI - Cristian Guzman (40), Ryan Zimmerman 2 (38), Lastings Milledge 2 (50), Ronnie Belliard (43), Emilio Bonifacio (9)
2-OUT RBI - Cristian Guzman (17), Lastings Milledge 2 (18), Ronnie Belliard (15)
SB - Willie Harris (9, 2nd base off Dessens/McCann), Emilio Bonifacio (6, 2nd base off Campillo/McCann)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - O. Perez-Guzman-Belliard, Guzman-Belliard, Bonifacio-Guzman-Belliard
E - Ronnie Belliard (11, Missed catch of throw), Emilio Bonifacio (4, Throwing)
Washington Nationals
Odalis Perez (W,6-10) 6.1732231 4.14
Charlie Manning (H,6) 0.1000000 4.96
Marco Estrada (H,2) 0.1000000 5.06
Saul Rivera 1100110 3.54
Steven Shell 0.1000100 2.15
Joel Hanrahan (S,7) 0.2000010 3.57
HBP - Johnson (by Steven Shell)
WP - Odalis Perez (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Odalis Perez 95-60, Charlie Manning 1-1, Saul Rivera 16-9, Steven Shell 12-5, Joel Hanrahan 5-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Odalis Perez 8-7, Marco Estrada 1-0, Saul Rivera 1-0, Steven Shell 1-0, Joel Hanrahan 1-0
Batters Faced - Odalis Perez 27, Charlie Manning 1, Marco Estrada 1, Saul Rivera 4, Steven Shell 3, Joel Hanrahan 2
Game Information
Attendance - 22737
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Mike DiMuro