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Braves rout Nats, earn franchise's 10,000th win

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ATLANTA -- A return to the big leagues gave Martin Prado the lift that he needed at the plate.

Prado had two hits, including a homer, in his return from five weeks on the disabled list and the Braves beat the error-prone Washington Nationals 11-1 Friday night for the 10,000th win in franchise history.

"I felt different tonight," Prado said. "A couple of games rehabbing, I didn't feel pumped up. Being back tonight gave me that push."

Prado, an All-Star in 2010, had been out since June 8 with a staph infection in his right calf.

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He played left field, third base and designated hitter in his eight games rehabbing in the minors. He returned to Atlanta's lineup as the fill-in at third base for Chipper Jones, who is expected to miss at least two weeks following minor knee surgery.

Despite the modest results in the minors, Prado said before the game he was confident in his hitting. The confidence showed.

After hitting flyballs in his first two at-bats, Prado led off the fourth with his ninth homer and added a run-scoring single in the sixth.

"Rehabbing, I was taking pitches," he said. "I wasn't worried about hitting the ball. I was trying to get my strike zone and have a plan. Tonight I was trying to be more aggressive."

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Prado is "such a pro."

"He made some good plays at third base, also," Gonzalez said.

The Braves' milestone also included victories they compiled while playing in Boston and Milwaukee.

Tim Hudson (9-6) gave up one run on seven hits in seven innings and had two hits, including a double. He has won four straight decisions.

"It all started for me with Huddy on the mound," Gonzalez said. "I think he just got better as the game went on. He was trying to talk me into another inning."

Freddie Freeman drove in three runs with two hits, including a two-run double in the seventh. The Braves had 13 hits.

"That's a good way to start [after the All-Star break]," Prado said.

First baseman Michael Morse had only one error for the season before committing two -- one fielding, one throwing -- on leadoff hitter Jordan Schafer's grounder in the first to set the pace for the Nationals' fielding woes. Morse had three of the team's five errors.

Livan Hernandez (5-9) gave up six runs, three earned, on eight hits and a walk in four innings. He said he was hurt by "a lot of bloopers."

"The only hard ball they hit, Prado hit it out," Hernandez said.

Hernandez was hurt by poor defense in Atlanta's four-run first inning. Morse bobbled Schafer's grounder and then made a wild throw, allowing Schafer to move to second.

After Jason Heyward walked, Freeman drove in Schafer with a single. Heyward scored on Dan Uggla's double past third baseman Ryan Zimmerman. Shortstop Ian Desmond bobbled a grounder by David Ross, allowing Freeman to score, before Nate McLouth added a run-scoring single.

Ross hit a ground-rule double and scored on Hudson's two-out single in the third. Prado's homer in the fourth pushed the lead to 6-1.

The Braves sent nine batters to the plate in the first and sixth innings. They scored three in the sixth, including RBI singles by Prado and Heyward. Ryan Zimmerman couldn't handle Uggla's grounder off Ross Detwiler for Washington's fifth error, allowing Prado to score.

Braves right-hander Scott Linebrink struck out Wilson Ramos with the bases loaded to end the eighth.

Notes

  • Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said RHP Stephen Strasburg, recovering from elbow surgery, "could get a major league start in September." Strasburg had his surgery on Sept. 3, 2010.
  • The Braves signed LHP Sean Gilmartin, the team's first-round pick from Florida State, for a bonus of $1,134,000.
  • The Braves optioned INF Brandon Hicks to Triple-A Gwinnett.
  • The Nationals also committed five errors on June 28 at the Angels.
  • The Braves trail only the Giants (10,489) and Cubs (10,277) in wins in the major leagues, according to information provided to the team by the Elias Sports Bureau. The Braves franchise began in Boston in 1876.
 
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Martin Prado returns from the DL and helps power the Braves to their 10,000th franchise win.  (US Presswire)
Martin Prado returns from the DL and helps power the Braves to their 10,000th franchise win. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

T. Hudson
IP 7.0
H 7
ER 1
BB 1
K 7
Atlanta

M. Prado
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Roger Bernadina, CF-RF5110022 .265
Danny Espinosa, 2B3010120 .243
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B3011010 .256
    Brian Bixler, 3B1000000 .200
Michael Morse, 1B3000113 .303
Laynce Nix, LF4010013 .274
Jayson Werth, RF3010100 .216
    Henry Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
Wilson Ramos, C4010014 .251
Ian Desmond, SS4010011 .224
Livan Hernandez, P1000001 .172
   a- Alex Cora, PH1000000 .233
    Ross Detwiler, P0000000 .000
   b- Matt Stairs, PH1010000 .156
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
    Rick Ankiel, CF1000010 .230
Totals34181310  
a-grounded out for Hernandez in the 5th
b-singled for Detwiler in the 7th
Batting
2B - Laynce Nix (12, Linebrink)
RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (16)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Laynce Nix 1
E - Ian Desmond (13, Misplayed grounder), Michael Morse 3 (4, Throwing), Ryan Zimmerman (6, Misplayed grounder)
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Livan Hernandez (L,5-9) 4863111 4.09
Ross Detwiler 2332230 3.86
Todd Coffey 1222120 3.68
Henry Rodriguez 1000010 2.30
WP - Ross Detwiler (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Livan Hernandez 79-49, Ross Detwiler 47-31, Todd Coffey 23-13, Henry Rodriguez 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Livan Hernandez 7-6, Ross Detwiler 3-1, Henry Rodriguez 2-0
Batters Faced - Livan Hernandez 23, Ross Detwiler 12, Todd Coffey 6, Henry Rodriguez 3
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jordan Schafer, CF4310102 .231
Martin Prado, 3B5222012 .280
Jason Heyward, RF3211200 .227
Freddie Freeman, 1B5123011 .276
Dan Uggla, 2B5111001 .186
David Ross, C4111120 .294
Nate McLouth, LF5021003 .229
Alex Gonzalez, SS5010025 .230
Tim Hudson, P3121002 .108
   a- Eric Hinske, PH1000010 .259
    Scott Linebrink, P0000000 .000
    George Sherrill, P0000000 .000
Totals4011131047  
a-struck out for Hudson in the 7th
Batting
2B - Freddie Freeman (20, Coffey), Dan Uggla (15, Hernandez), David Ross (3, Hernandez), Tim Hudson (1, Detwiler)
HR - Martin Prado (9, Hernandez)
RBI - Martin Prado 2 (35), Jason Heyward (23), Freddie Freeman 3 (46), Dan Uggla (35), David Ross (15), Nate McLouth (13), Tim Hudson (3)
2-OUT RBI - Freddie Freeman 2 (20), Tim Hudson (3)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Prado-Uggla-Freeman
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tim Hudson (W,9-6) 7711170 3.44
Scott Linebrink 1100220 3.19
George Sherrill 1000010 2.13
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 108-70, Scott Linebrink 30-16, George Sherrill 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 6-7, Scott Linebrink 1-0, George Sherrill 1-1
Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 28, Scott Linebrink 6, George Sherrill 3
Game Information
Attendance - 34106
Game Time - 2:56
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - D.J. Reyburn, Third Base - Doug Eddings