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Washington (54-88)0010013005111
Atlanta (62-80) «10711000x10100

Braves 10, Nationals 5

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ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves dropped out of the pennant race so long ago that Kelly Johnson has grown numb to losing.

Told that the Braves now have consecutive wins for the first time in 25 games, the second baseman wasn't surprised.

"Really?" Johnson said. "Yeah, it feels about that."

Rookie Brandon Jones' three-run double capped a seven-run third inning, and Johnson had three hits and two RBI in Atlanta's 10-5 victory over the Washington Nationals on Friday night.

The Braves, who hadn't won two straight since Aug. 9, are just trying to avoid finishing last in the NL East. Atlanta is fourth in the division and nearly mathematically eliminated at 17½ games behind the New York Mets, but at least the Braves are eight games ahead of last-place Washington.

"If that's not (motivation), then there's something wrong," Johnson said. "If there's ever going to be another team meeting this year, it would be if we were within a few games of (falling into last place). That should be motivation."

Washington has dropped two straight and three of four after a season-high seven-game winning streak.

Rookie Jair Jurrjens (12-9) allowed six hits, one run and three walks in five innings to win for the first time in five starts. The right-hander, who escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first on Roger Bernadina's groundout, struck out six.

Nationals starter Jason Bergmann (2-11) allowed seven runs and five hits with three walks in 2 1/3 innings, his shortest start this season. He was chased after Casey Kotchman's bases-loaded walk gave the Braves a 4-1 lead in the third.

"He didn't have a very good outing," Washington manager Manny Acta said. "He didn't give us a chance."

Reliever Marco Estrada, acquired in the Aug. 20 trade that sent Luis Ayala to the Mets, walked the first batter he faced, Jeff Francoeur, to reload the bases. Jones then doubled to right-center for his first three career RBI.

The Braves' first two runs of the third came on Johnson's RBI double and Brian McCann's sacrifice fly RBI.

Johnson, now hitting .611 with six extra-base hits in 18 at-bats over his last four games, had a run-scoring single to make it 10-1 in the fifth.

Chipper Jones made it 1-0 in the first with an RBI groundout.

The Nationals, who finished 2-for-16 with runners in scoring position, scored three times in the seventh off Elmer Dessens on Ryan Langerhans' two-run triple and Wil Nieves' sacrifice fly RBI.

Washington's other two runs came on Bernadina's RBI triple in the third and pinch-hitter Aaron Boone's RBI single in the sixth.

Since beating the Dodgers 9-3 on July 8, Jurrjens had gone 2-5 with a 4.80 ERA in nine starts.

"I've been losing control of all my pitches right now," Jurrjens said. "I don't know why. I just need to find my release point again. I'm not worried about wins. I'm just trying to finish the season healthy and go into the offseason and work hard."

Washington fell to 5-17 in games started this year by Bergmann, who is 0-3 with a 10.48 ERA in his last five outings. Against Atlanta, the right-hander has given up 13 runs in only seven innings.

"I don't want the whole year to end with two bad starts," Bergmann said when asked if he feared losing his spot in the rotation. "The Braves have given me a bad time twice."

Notes

Washington 3B Ryan Zimmerman went 2-for-4 and has a .409 average while hitting safely in his last 11 games. ... Francoeur's walk in the third left him with a .133 average and 12 RBI in 30 at-bats with the bases loaded this year. ... Acta doesn't know how much time INF Ronnie Belliard will miss after MRI results confirmed a strained groin.

 
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Players of the Game
Atlanta

K. Johnson
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Washington

K. Casto
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Washington Nationals
Willie Harris, LF4000112 .250
Cristian Guzman, SS3010113 .310
    Alberto Gonzalez, SS1000000 .217
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4120012 .285
    Pete Orr, PR-3B1100000 .220
Kory Casto, 1B5130002 .220
Ryan Langerhans, RF4112121 .223
Roger Bernadina, CF3111204 .163
Wil Nieves, C3001022 .240
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B4020001 .264
    Charlie Manning, P0000000 .000
    Garrett Mock, P0000000 .000
Jason Bergmann, P0000000 .000
    Marco Estrada, P0000000 .000
   a- Aaron Boone, PH1011000 .257
    Levale Speigner, P0000000 .000
    Anderson Hernandez, 2B1000000 .382
Totals34511557  
a-singled for M. Estrada in the 6th
Batting
3B - Ryan Langerhans (2, Dessens), Roger Bernadina (1, Jurrjens)
SF - Wil Nieves (2)
SH - Jason Bergmann (2), Marco Estrada (1)
RBI - Ryan Langerhans 2 (8), Roger Bernadina (1), Wil Nieves (15), Aaron Boone (26)
2-OUT RBI - Roger Bernadina (1), Aaron Boone (7)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Emilio Bonifacio (5, Misplayed grounder)
Washington Nationals
Jason Bergmann (L,2-11) 2.1577320 5.23
Marco Estrada 2.2332210 7.00
Levale Speigner 1200000 7.71
Charlie Manning 1000020 4.84
Garrett Mock 1000100 4.75
HBP - Francoeur (by Marco Estrada)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Bergmann 61-34, Marco Estrada 56-31, Levale Speigner 13-9, Charlie Manning 12-8, Garrett Mock 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Bergmann 2-3, Marco Estrada 3-5, Levale Speigner 2-1, Garrett Mock 3-0
Batters Faced - Jason Bergmann 15, Marco Estrada 15, Levale Speigner 5, Charlie Manning 3, Garrett Mock 4
Atlanta Braves
Josh Anderson, CF5220012 .305
Kelly Johnson, 2B5232001 .277
Chipper Jones, 3B3101103 .357
    Buddy Carlyle, P0000000 .250
    Elmer Dessens, P0000000 .000
    Jeff Ridgway, P0000000 .000
   a- Greg Norton, PH1000000 .263
    Jorge Julio, P0000000 .000
Brian McCann, C3001001 .293
    Clint Sammons, C1000000 .175
Yunel Escobar, SS3110210 .285
Casey Kotchman, 1B4121102 .266
Jeff Francoeur, RF1101101 .230
    Gregor Blanco, PR-LF1100002 .250
Brandon Jones, LF-RF4013024 .271
Jair Jurrjens, P2110001 .111
   b- Ruben Gotay, PH0000100 .228
    Martin Prado, 3B1000010 .342
Totals341010965  
a-grounded out for Ridgway in the 8th
b-walked for Jurrjens in the 5th
Batting
2B - Josh Anderson (3, Bergmann), Kelly Johnson 2 (35, Bergmann, M. Estrada), Brandon Jones (8, M. Estrada)
SF - Brian McCann (3)
RBI - Kelly Johnson 2 (58), Chipper Jones (68), Brian McCann (79), Casey Kotchman (60), Jeff Francoeur (64), Brandon Jones 3 (11)
2-OUT RBI - Kelly Johnson (17)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Escobar-Johnson-Kotchman
Atlanta Braves
Jair Jurrjens (W,12-9) 5611360 3.54
Buddy Carlyle 1111100 4.38
Elmer Dessens 1333100 30.00
Jeff Ridgway 1000010 4.26
Jorge Julio 1100000 5.49
Pitches-Strikes - Jair Jurrjens 98-63, Buddy Carlyle 23-14, Elmer Dessens 25-14, Jeff Ridgway 11-7, Jorge Julio 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jair Jurrjens 4-4, Buddy Carlyle 2-1, Elmer Dessens 1-2, Jeff Ridgway 2-0, Jorge Julio 2-1
Batters Faced - Jair Jurrjens 23, Buddy Carlyle 5, Elmer Dessens 7, Jeff Ridgway 3, Jorge Julio 4
Game Information
Attendance - 25064
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Mike Reilly, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Bob Davidson