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Hernandez homers, quiets Braves as Nats end skid

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ATLANTA -- It was just another game for Livan Hernandez. Not so for the Atlanta Braves.

Hernandez homered and limited Atlanta to five hits in eight innings Tuesday night to help the Washington Nationals to a 6-0 win over the Braves, ending a six-game losing streak.

The Braves, however, fell two games behind first-place Philadelphia in the NL East. The Phillies beat Florida 2-1.

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Atlanta held a one-game lead over San Francisco in the wild card race. The Giants had a late game against Los Angeles.

Hernandez (10-11) walked two, struck out six and hit a batter. Only one runner reached second.

The 35-year-old right-hander varied his pitches from a 61 mph curve in the second inning to Derrek Lee to nothing faster than an 85 mph fastball. He threw 118 pitches, 75 strikes.

"I just go out and do my job. I just try to beat somebody whether it's against a playoff team or not. I felt good in the bullpen before the game and I had a good sinker, slider and curve ball," said Hernandez.

"He had, honestly, perfect control all night long," said Atlanta manager Bobby Cox.

"You really never know what's coming at you. It could be anything from 60 mph to 85 mph," said Lee.

Sean Burnett pitched a hitless ninth for the Nationals.

Adam Dunn hit his 35th home run, a mammoth 455-foot shot over the center field fence after Ryan Zimmerman singled in the second and Hernandez added a run-scoring double in the inning off Jair Jurrjens (7-6).

"Every game we lose right now is going to be frustrating, especially if the Phillies are winning. Every game we don't win is going to be stressful," said Jurrgens.

"It's a tight race. It's going to be tight. You're not going to win every game," said Lee.

Hernandez, hitting .115 entering the game, hit his solo home run in the fourth off Jurrjens. It was the 10th homer of his career.

Asked if he were prouder of his pitching or hitting, Hernandez replied: "Both. I was lucky today. I like to hit. The double was a pitch down the middle and then I got a slider and hit it out."

Jurrgens allowed nine hits, four runs, walked one and struck out three in five innings.

The Nationals added a run in the seventh when right fielder Jason Heyward dropped a fly by Dunn for a two-base error. Roger Bernadina drove in the run with a sacrifice fly.

Washington got its final run on a solo home run by Ian Desmond, his 10th, in the ninth off Scott Proctor.

"There's not a whole lot to play for this late. To spoil it for them feels good," said Desmond.

Heyward reached base four straight times against Hernandez, drawing a pair of walks, a hit by pitch and a single.

Notes

  • Dunn's blast was the sixth longest in Turner Field history. The longest -- 471 feet -- was by Sammy Sosa on Sept. 1, 2001.
  • Jurrjens was 6-1 at Turner Field this season in nine starts prior to Tuesday night.
  • Hernandez had lost two in a row and four of his last five decisions.
  • It was the 11th time this season the Braves were shutout.
 
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Livan Hernandez, who hits his 10th career homer here, pitches eight innings of 5-hit ball while striking out six. (AP)
Livan Hernandez, who hits his 10th career homer here, pitches eight innings of 5-hit ball while striking out six. (AP)

Players of the Game
Washington

L. Hernandez
IP 8.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 2
K 6
Washington

A. Dunn
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Danny Espinosa, 2B5110011 .282
Ian Desmond, SS4121000 .280
Roger Bernadina, LF4011010 .259
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4120101 .304
Adam Dunn, 1B3122100 .266
    Justin Maxwell, PR-RF1000001 .132
Michael Morse, RF-1B4000015 .290
Nyjer Morgan, CF4110011 .260
Ivan Rodriguez, C3000110 .267
Livan Hernandez, P4122002 .143
    Sean Burnett, P0000000 .000
Totals36611635  
Batting
2B - Danny Espinosa (4, Farnsworth), Livan Hernandez (1, Jurrjens)
HR - Ian Desmond (10, Proctor), Adam Dunn (35, Jurrjens), Livan Hernandez (1, Jurrjens)
SF - Roger Bernadina (5)
SH - Ian Desmond (8)
RBI - Ian Desmond (59), Roger Bernadina (44), Adam Dunn 2 (93), Livan Hernandez 2 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Livan Hernandez 2 (2)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Desmond-Espinosa-Dunn
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Livan Hernandez (W,10-11) 8500260 3.66
Sean Burnett 1000130 2.53
HBP - Heyward (by Livan Hernandez)
Pitches-Strikes - Livan Hernandez 118-75, Sean Burnett 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Livan Hernandez 5-11
Batters Faced - Livan Hernandez 30, Sean Burnett 4
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Omar Infante, 2B4000012 .340
Jason Heyward, RF1010200 .289
Martin Prado, 3B4000005 .311
Brian McCann, C4020021 .276
Derrek Lee, 1B3000122 .249
Nate McLouth, CF3000011 .188
   a- Troy Glaus, PH1000011 .240
Alex Gonzalez, SS4000021 .263
Matt Diaz, LF3010000 .240
Jair Jurrjens, P1010000 .128
   b- Eric Hinske, PH1000001 .250
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
    Kyle Farnsworth, P0000000 .000
    Mike Dunn, P0000000 .000
   c- Brooks Conrad, PH1000000 .242
    Scott Proctor, P0000000 .000
Totals3005039  
a-struck out for McLouth in the 9th
b-flied out for Jurrjens in the 5th
c-flied out for Dunn in the 8th
Batting
CS - Brian McCann (2, 2nd base by Hernandez/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Prado-Infante-Lee
E - Jason Heyward (5, Dropped fly)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jair Jurrjens (L,7-6) 5944132 4.64
Eric O'Flaherty 1000000 2.32
Kyle Farnsworth 1111000 3.17
Mike Dunn 1000110 0.00
Scott Proctor 1111111 7.20
IBB - Dunn by Jair Jurrjens, Rodriguez by Mike Dunn
Pitches-Strikes - Jair Jurrjens 89-58, Eric O'Flaherty 14-7, Kyle Farnsworth 9-6, Mike Dunn 18-8, Scott Proctor 22-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jair Jurrjens 6-5, Eric O'Flaherty 3-0, Kyle Farnsworth 1-2, Mike Dunn 2-1, Scott Proctor 1-1
Batters Faced - Jair Jurrjens 24, Eric O'Flaherty 3, Kyle Farnsworth 4, Mike Dunn 5, Scott Proctor 5
Game Information
Attendance - 26954
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Dan Iassogna