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"You're going to have to win games in hostile environments," Jones said.
Troy Glaus started the decisive rally in the 10th with a leadoff single off Matt Capps (0-1). Melky Cabrera's sacrifice sent pinch-runner Brandon Hicks to second before Diaz, who was hitting .185, looped an opposite-field single to short right.
Hicks scored easily when Roger Bernadina double-clutched and his throw home was late.
"It was a battle, and to win a battle on the road is big," Diaz said. "It's no secret we were struggling a little on the road. That's an understatement."
Braves manager Bobby Cox was rewarded for sticking with the struggling Diaz.
"I had a hunch Matty's going to get hot," Cox said. "He's a hitting machine. He just hasn't got it going, but he will."
Bernadina blamed his hesitation on momentary indecision.
"I should have gone to second," he said. "That ball wasn't hit right at me, so I had no chance to throw [Hicks] out."
Atlanta's road losing streak was its longest since a 10-game skid from Aug. 31-Sept. 14, 1996.
"We haven't been out there shaking hands much, but we have won four out of five," Cox said.
Braves right fielder Jason Heyward left the game in the second inning with a right groin strain and is day to day. Heyward hurt himself backing up center fielder Nate McLouth on Ryan Zimmerman's sacrifice fly in the first.
"I don't know what I did. I couldn't tell you, to be honest," Heyward said. "When I got back to my position, it felt sore."
The Nationals tied it at 6 against Takashi Saito in the eighth. Ian Desmond reached on an error, Bernadina doubled over Diaz's head in right and pinch-hitter Josh Willingham had a two-run single to left.
Omar Infante's two-run shot put the Braves ahead in the second.
Desmond's homer to left tied it in the bottom half. Bernadina followed with a single, advanced to second on Luis Atilano's sacrifice and scored when Morgan looped an RBI double to left for a 3-2 lead.
In the third, Jones had an RBI single to right, and Glaus' run-scoring groundout snapped the tie in the fifth.
The lead was short-lived. Ivan Rodriguez had a run-scoring single to make it 4-all.
Atlanta went ahead in the sixth, knocking Atilano from the game. Diaz led off with a double and Infante walked before McLouth hit a tiebreaking double to right off reliever Sean Burnett. Prado's groundout then scored Infante for a 6-4 lead.
Atilano, a former Atlanta farmhand making his third major league start, yielded seven hits and six runs in 5 1/3 innings. He walked five and struck out four and said he was a little nervous about facing his former club.
"I was a little pumped up. Obviously, I want to beat them," said Atilano, who was acquired from Atlanta for Daryle Ward in a trade Aug. 31, 2006. "But things happen."
Braves starter Tommy Hanson allowed four runs on nine hits in six innings.
|Atlanta's Omar Infante smacks a two-run drive in the second to put the Braves ahead momentarily. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Nate McLouth, CF||4||0||1||1||1||1||1||.181|
|Martin Prado, 2B||5||2||2||1||0||0||1||.339|
|Chipper Jones, 3B||3||0||2||1||2||0||0||.240|
|Brian McCann, C||4||0||0||0||1||3||5||.243|
|Troy Glaus, 1B||4||1||1||1||1||0||2||.227|
|Brandon Hicks, PR||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Billy Wagner, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jason Heyward, RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.286|
|Melky Cabrera, RF||3||0||0||0||0||0||3||.195|
|Matt Diaz, LF||5||1||2||1||0||0||0||.200|
|Omar Infante, SS||4||2||2||2||1||0||1||.320|
|Tommy Hanson, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||2||.077|
|Peter Moylan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Brooks Conrad, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.182|
|Takashi Saito, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Kris Medlen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Eric Hinske, 1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.286|
|a-struck out for Moylan in the 8th|
|2B - Nate McLouth (4, Burnett), Martin Prado (10, Atilano), Chipper Jones (6, Atilano), Matt Diaz (2, Atilano)|
|HR - Omar Infante (1, Atilano)|
|SH - Melky Cabrera (2), Tommy Hanson (1)|
|RBI - Nate McLouth (5), Martin Prado (7), Chipper Jones (7), Troy Glaus (15), Matt Diaz (4), Omar Infante 2 (7)|
|2-OUT RBI - Omar Infante 2 (4)|
|CS - Nate McLouth (2, 2nd base by Atilano/Rodriguez)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|E - Omar Infante (4, Misplayed grounder)|
|Peter Moylan (H,4)||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||2.38|
|Takashi Saito (BS,1)||1||2||2||1||0||0||0||3.27|
|Kris Medlen (W,1-1)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.55|
|Billy Wagner (S,3)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||1.80|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Hanson 100-66, Peter Moylan 21-13, Takashi Saito 19-13, Kris Medlen 11-7, Billy Wagner 12-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Hanson 6-6, Peter Moylan 2-0, Takashi Saito 3-1|
|Batters Faced - Tommy Hanson 28, Peter Moylan 4, Takashi Saito 6, Kris Medlen 3, Billy Wagner 4|
|Nyjer Morgan, CF||5||1||3||1||0||0||1||.288|
|Adam Kennedy, 2B||3||1||1||0||0||0||1||.219|
|Brian Bruney, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Alberto Gonzalez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.281|
|Matt Capps, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||4||0||0||1||0||2||2||.323|
|Adam Dunn, 1B||2||0||0||0||3||1||0||.231|
|Ivan Rodriguez, C||5||0||2||1||0||2||1||.405|
|Willie Harris, LF||3||0||1||0||0||0||4||.186|
|Sean Burnett, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tyler Walker, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Cristian Guzman, 2B||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.286|
|Ian Desmond, SS||5||2||1||1||0||0||4||.256|
|Roger Bernadina, RF-LF^RF||4||2||2||0||0||1||0||.263|
|b- Wil Nieves, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.194|
|Luis Atilano, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Justin Maxwell, RF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.160|
|c- Josh Willingham, PH-LF||2||0||1||2||0||0||1||.271|
|a-hit into fielder's choice for Bruney in the 8th|
|b-struck out for Bernadina in the 10th|
|c-singled for Maxwell in the 8th|
|2B - Nyjer Morgan 2 (7, Hanson, Hanson), Ivan Rodriguez (8, Hanson), Roger Bernadina (1, Saito)|
|HR - Ian Desmond (3, Hanson)|
|SF - Ryan Zimmerman (1)|
|SH - Adam Kennedy (1), Luis Atilano (1)|
|RBI - Nyjer Morgan (7), Ryan Zimmerman (14), Ivan Rodriguez (11), Ian Desmond (14), Josh Willingham 2 (16)|
|CS - Nyjer Morgan (6, 2nd base by Hanson/McCann)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Desmond-Dunn|
|Matt Capps (L,0-1)||2||2||1||1||0||1||0||1.10|
|IBB - Jones by Sean Burnett|
|Pitches-Strikes - Luis Atilano 98-58, Sean Burnett 20-10, Tyler Walker 11-7, Brian Bruney 9-6, Matt Capps 17-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Luis Atilano 5-6, Sean Burnett 1-0, Tyler Walker 1-2, Brian Bruney 1-1, Matt Capps 4-0|
|Batters Faced - Luis Atilano 27, Sean Burnett 4, Tyler Walker 3, Brian Bruney 3, Matt Capps 7|
|Attendance - 15616|
|Game Time - 3:21|
|Temperature - 81|
|Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Mike Reilly|