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"Get us back to Atlanta. Please. At some point soon," Jones said. "The road has been our nemesis all year. We haven't swung the bat or we haven't pitched. That trend continues."
Sorry, Chipper: Your team's current road trip lasts another three games, with Cincinnati the next stop. The NL East-leading Braves have lost four of their past six games, falling to the last-place Washington Nationals 5-3 on Thursday.
The Braves are 34-13 at home, 24-30 everywhere else.
They lost two of three games in the series at Washington, dropping to 19-19 against NL East opponents, their worst mark against any division this season.
"Bottom line is, we came in here and, in 27 innings, scored six runs," said Jones, who went 0 for 4 Thursday. "That's not going to cut it."
Indeed, the Braves were shut out in the series opener Tuesday, when Washington's rookie sensation Stephen Strasburg was scratched at the last minute and replaced by 39-year-old journeyman reliever Miguel Batista. Strasburg went on the 15-day disabled list Thursday because of inflammation in his pitching shoulder, a move that created room on the roster for Olsen (3-2).
A week ago, Atlanta held a season-high seven-game lead over the two-time defending NL champion Philadelphia Phillies. But that advantage was down to 3½ games heading into Thursday, when the Phillies bolstered their rotation by getting Roy Oswalt from the Houston Astros in a trade.
"We're still in first place right now, but we've got a long way to go," said Derek Lowe (10-9), who went five innings and allowed four runs. "They're definitely a better team with him, no doubt about it."
Olsen gave up three runs -- two earned -- and five hits in six innings before a thunderstorm caused a 1½-hour delay.
The lefty hadn't pitched for Washington since May 21; he went on the disabled list the next day with tightness in his throwing shoulder.
"To know the amount of work, the effort that you had to go through -- at least you're doing it for something," Olsen said.
Atlanta failed to score a single run in 11 2/3 innings against Washington's bullpen in the series.
"We're not outslugging anybody right now, that's for sure," Braves manager Bobby Cox said.
Washington's No. 8 hitter, backup catcher Wil Nieves, bounced a two-run single up the middle off Lowe in the fourth inning, breaking a 2-all tie.
By going 1 for 3, Nieves raised his batting average to .187. "The one ball that really killed us was the .180 hitter in their lineup drove in two runs," Cox said.
Desmond hit his seventh home run in the second, while Dunn's 24th came in eighth off Takashi Saito.
"We've got to find a way," Lowe said, "to get back on track."
|Scott Olsen took Stephen Strasburg's roster spot on the Nationals, giving up two earned runs in six innings. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Martin Prado, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.316|
|Jason Heyward, RF||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||.271|
|Chipper Jones, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.251|
|Troy Glaus, 1B||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||.250|
|Brent Clevlen, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Takashi Saito, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Matt Diaz, LF||4||2||1||2||0||0||1||.248|
|Omar Infante, SS||4||0||2||1||0||0||0||.330|
|David Ross, C||3||0||2||0||0||0||1||.284|
|a- Brian McCann, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.270|
|Melky Cabrera, CF||3||0||0||0||1||0||3||.265|
|Derek Lowe, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.121|
|Peter Moylan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Brooks Conrad, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.238|
|Mike Dunn, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Eric Hinske, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.280|
|a-grounded out for Ross in the 9th|
|b-struck out for Moylan in the 7th|
|3B - David Ross (1, Olsen)|
|HR - Matt Diaz (5, Olsen)|
|RBI - Matt Diaz 2 (19), Omar Infante (27)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Derek Lowe (L,10-9)||5||5||4||4||1||3||1||4.58|
|HBP - Morse (by Derek Lowe)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 98-62, Peter Moylan 17-10, Mike Dunn 14-9, Takashi Saito 15-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 6-6, Peter Moylan 2-0, Mike Dunn 1-1, Takashi Saito 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 22, Peter Moylan 4, Mike Dunn 3, Takashi Saito 4|
|Nyjer Morgan, CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.262|
|Adam Kennedy, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.252|
|Drew Storen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Roger Bernadina, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.269|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.292|
|Adam Dunn, 1B||4||2||2||1||0||0||2||.277|
|Matt Capps, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Josh Willingham, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.270|
|Michael Morse, RF-1B||3||1||1||1||0||1||0||.348|
|Ian Desmond, SS||3||2||2||1||0||1||1||.256|
|Wil Nieves, C||3||0||1||2||0||0||1||.187|
|Scott Olsen, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||.067|
|Sean Burnett, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Alberto Gonzalez, PH-2B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.294|
|a-struck out for Burnett in the 7th|
|2B - Adam Dunn (28, Lowe), Ian Desmond (16, Lowe)|
|HR - Adam Dunn (24, Saito), Ian Desmond (7, Lowe)|
|RBI - Adam Dunn (64), Michael Morse (18), Ian Desmond (43), Wil Nieves 2 (13)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ian Desmond (22)|
|SB - Nyjer Morgan (28, 2nd base off Lowe/Ross)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Gonzalez-Desmond-Dunn|
|PB - Wil Nieves (1)|
|E - Ian Desmond (24, Misplayed grounder)|
|Scott Olsen (W,3-2)||6||5||3||2||2||1||1||3.67|
|Sean Burnett (H,14)||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||2.78|
|Drew Storen (H,10)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||2.64|
|Matt Capps (S,26)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.74|
|IBB - Cabrera by Scott Olsen|
|Pitches-Strikes - Scott Olsen 81-52, Sean Burnett 20-10, Drew Storen 12-8, Matt Capps 14-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Olsen 9-9, Sean Burnett 1-1, Drew Storen 1-1, Matt Capps 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Scott Olsen 26, Sean Burnett 4, Drew Storen 3, Matt Capps 3|
|Attendance - 30263|
|Game Time - 2:33|
|Temperature - 92|
|Umpires - Home - Mike Reilly, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Bill Miller|