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Washington at Atlanta

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Washington (34-44) «0000312107110
Atlanta (45-33)001000010251

Nationals 7, Braves 2

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ATLANTA -- Three weeks after he was sent to the minors to make room for Stephen Strasburg, Craig Stammen wanted to show he belongs in the big leagues.

Stammen, recalled by Washington earlier in the day, pitched 7 1/3 strong innings to lead the Nationals past the Atlanta Braves 7-2 on Tuesday night.

"I had some things I had to prove," Stammen said, adding his time at Triple-A Syracuse helped him return to his strengths as a groundball pitcher.

"I had to get back to who I was and how I got into the big leagues," said Stammen, 26, a 12th-round pick from the University of Dayton in 2005.

Josh Willingham hit a two-run homer, Ryan Zimmerman had a two-run double and Alberto Gonzalez had four hits as the Nationals snapped a five-game losing streak.

Stammen (2-2) was sent to the minors with a 5.43 ERA on June 6 to clear room for rookie Strasburg, the No. 1 overall pick of 2009 who lost to the Braves 5-0 on Monday night.

"It's part of the game," Stammen said of the minor league stint. "You're spitting fire. I wanted to do everything I could to make it short."

Stammen allowed five hits, struck out four and walked two. He ended streaks of nine straight starts without a win this year and 10 straight road starts without a win. The right-hander's last road win came on July 11, 2009, at Houston.

Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said Stammen "showed his competitive edge."

"We needed a starter," Riggleman said. "He pitched a couple of good games [at Syracuse]. He earned the right to come back up."

Atlanta's Brian McCann said Stammen "changed speeds and kept us off-balance, really, from the start.

"He very rarely missed up. He was ahead in the count and used all his pitches. He pitched a great game and you move on."

Atlanta's first seven outs were in the infield, including six grounders.

"When I'm getting a lot of ground balls, I'm a much better pitcher," Stammen said. "That's a good indicator of how I'm pitching."

Derek Lowe (9-6) gave up eight hits and four runs in 5 2/3 innings for the NL East-leading Braves, who remained 1½ games ahead of the New York Mets.

"All in all not a very good game," Lowe said. "There's no trying to analyze it and figure it out. It wasn't the sharpest game."

Stammen left the game after giving up back-to-back doubles to Martin Prado and Melky Cabrera with one out in the eighth. Sean Burnett struck out Chipper Jones and ended the inning on McCann's groundout.

Jones, McCann, Troy Glaus and Eric Hinske were a combined 0 for 16 as Atlanta's Nos. 3-6 hitters. Jones had an 11-game hitting streak end.

Lowe shut down the Nationals until the fifth, when Zimmerman's two-run double was the big hit in a three-run inning. Nyjer Morgan had a single to drive in a run.

Alberto Gonzalez had a run-scoring single in the sixth, and Willingham greeted reliever Peter Moylan with a two-run homer in the seventh.

Martin Prado drove in Gregor Blanco with a triple in the third for Atlanta's first run.

Strasburg's first start in Atlanta drew a crowd of 42,889, the Braves' second-biggest total of the season. One night later, attendance at Turner Field fell to 19,045, the second-smallest of the season.

Notes

RHP Cristhian Martinez, who pitched a perfect ninth, will be optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday to clear a spot for RHP Jair Jurrjens to come off the disabled list and start against the Nationals. ... Braves OF Matt Diaz was activated from the 15-day disabled list. He replaced rookie OF Jason Heyward, who was placed on the 15-day DL on Monday with a sore right thumb. Diaz returned from thumb surgery and struck out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth. ... The Nationals placed RHP Tyler Walker on the 15-day DL, retroactive to June 20, with a shoulder sprain to clear a spot for Stammen.

 
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Players of the Game
Washington

J. Willingham
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Atlanta

M. Prado
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Washington Nationals
Nyjer Morgan, CF5121013 .251
Roger Bernadina, RF4110112 .290
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5012013 .285
Adam Dunn, 1B5000033 .271
    Willie Harris, LF0000000 .155
Josh Willingham, LF5222010 .276
    Tyler Clippard, P00000001.000
Ivan Rodriguez, C5010010 .301
Cristian Guzman, 2B1200201 .295
Alberto Gonzalez, SS4141000 .292
Craig Stammen, P3001026 .240
    Sean Burnett, P0000000 .000
    Adam Kennedy, 1B0000000 .238
Totals377117310  
Batting
2B - Ryan Zimmerman (16, Lowe)
HR - Josh Willingham (14, Moylan)
SF - Craig Stammen (1)
RBI - Nyjer Morgan (12), Ryan Zimmerman 2 (39), Josh Willingham 2 (44), Alberto Gonzalez (3), Craig Stammen (5)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Zimmerman 2 (19), Josh Willingham 2 (15)
SB - Nyjer Morgan (17, 2nd base off Lowe/McCann), Roger Bernadina (7, 2nd base off O'Flaherty/McCann)
Team LOB - 8
Washington Nationals
Craig Stammen (W,2-2) 7.1522240 5.13
Sean Burnett 0.2000010 3.08
Tyler Clippard 1000010 2.20
Pitches-Strikes - Craig Stammen 99-57, Sean Burnett 11-8, Tyler Clippard 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Craig Stammen 14-4, Sean Burnett 1-0, Tyler Clippard 1-1
Batters Faced - Craig Stammen 29, Sean Burnett 2, Tyler Clippard 3
Atlanta Braves
Martin Prado, 2B3121100 .334
Melky Cabrera, RF4011004 .261
Chipper Jones, 3B4000011 .252
Brian McCann, C4000001 .259
    David Ross, C0000000 .277
Troy Glaus, 1B4000010 .264
Eric Hinske, LF4000010 .294
Yunel Escobar, SS3000120 .246
Gregor Blanco, CF3120000 .333
Derek Lowe, P1000002 .130
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
    Jesse Chavez, P0000000 .000
   a- Matt Diaz, PH1000010 .176
    Cristhian Martinez, P0000000 .000
Totals3125226  
a-struck out for J. Chavez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Martin Prado (24, Stammen), Melky Cabrera (10, Stammen)
3B - Martin Prado (2, Stammen)
SH - Derek Lowe (7)
RBI - Martin Prado (33), Melky Cabrera (23)
2-OUT RBI - Martin Prado (13)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Gregor Blanco (1, Throwing(Ground rule))
Atlanta Braves
Derek Lowe (L,9-6) 5.2844250 4.53
Eric O'Flaherty 1111020 2.40
Peter Moylan 0.1111001 3.30
Jesse Chavez 1111110 5.81
Cristhian Martinez 1000020 5.06
IBB - Guzman by Derek Lowe
HBP - Guzman (by Jesse Chavez)
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 105-65, Eric O'Flaherty 19-15, Peter Moylan 12-6, Jesse Chavez 30-18, Cristhian Martinez 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 8-4, Eric O'Flaherty 1-0, Peter Moylan 1-0, Jesse Chavez 1-1
Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 27, Eric O'Flaherty 4, Peter Moylan 2, Jesse Chavez 6, Cristhian Martinez 3
Game Information
Attendance - 19045
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Todd Tichenor, First Base - John Hirschbeck, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - James Hoye