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Nationals 9, Braves 3

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WASHINGTON -- Since Davey Johnson became the manager of the Washington Nationals, he had been waiting for his team to muscle up. On Tuesday night, they finally did.

Rick Ankiel hit a grand slam and the Nationals had three home runs in all while posting a 9-3 victory against the Atlanta Braves for their fourth consecutive victory.

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"This is my kind of game. I haven't had any there in five weeks," Johnson said. "I've been waiting for one like this."

Ankiel connected in Washington's five-run fourth inning against Derek Lowe (6-10), giving the Nationals a 6-3 lead. Ankiel also went deep twice Monday night against the Braves and has six homers on the year.

"Ankiel is swinging it pretty good right now," said Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez, whose team has dropped three straight.

"We're not making pitches and we're paying for it right now with him at the plate."

Since Johnson arrived in Washington, he's been adamant about wanting a team that hits long balls and makes other teams uncomfortable.

"He's an offensive guy," Ankiel said. "I know he likes to pound guys and score runs."

Ian Desmond hit a two-run homer in the fifth that finished Lowe, who has dropped his past three starts. The right-hander gave up eight runs, seven earned, and 10 hits.

"Today was a lot of mistakes over the middle of the plate, and not really quality pitches," Lowe said.

"It's been a tough stretch. Long year. But you've got to keep fighting, hopefully things will turn around. But it's definitely one of my longer years in my career."

Michael Morse hit Washington's final homer of the night, a solo drive off Cristhian Martinez in the sixth. It was his 18th of the season.

"Davey wants to see the ball get hit out of the ballpark," Desmond said. "The last time he managed in the big leagues, there were at least two or three every night. A real different ballgame now."

Desmond drove in three runs.

"This is what this club is capable of doing. Everyone starts getting that fever -- that hitting fever -- it's fun," said Johnson, who became Washington's manager on June 27. "The talent's been there."

Dan Uggla (24 games) and Freddie Freeman (17) extended their hitting streaks for the Braves. Those are the two longest current streaks in the majors.

John Lannan (8-7) struck out a season-high eight and improved to 3-0 against Atlanta this year. He gave up three runs and nine hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Desmond's sacrifice fly put the Nationals ahead in the second.

Atlanta scored twice in the third on Michael Bourn's RBI double and Martin Prado's infield out, and took a 3-1 lead in the fourth on Jorge Constanza's RBI single.

Notes

It was Ankiel's second career slam. ... Atlanta 3B Chipper Jones worked out before the game and said he wasn't ready to start. Jones, who strained his right quad on July 25, has been restricted to pinch-hitting since then. "I need to see what I can and can't do just to give them feedback and see where I still have pain," Jones said. He said he hasn't noticed any improvement since Monday. ... Washington RHP Stephen Strasburg, recovering from Tommy John surgery, threw 51 pitches in a simulated game in Viera, Fla. ... The Nationals recalled RHP Collin Balester from Triple-A Syracuse. ... Washington C Ivan Rodriguez (oblique) is close to being ready for a rehab assignment, Johnson said. ... Atlanta RHP Brandon Beachy is scheduled to start on Wednesday afternoon against Chien-Ming Wang. Beachy is 4-2 this season and is looking for his second straight victory after not winning his previous four starts. Wang started for the first time in more than two years on July 29 against the New York Mets and allowed six runs -- four earned -- in four innings. ... Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

 
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Washington

I. Desmond
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Atlanta

J. Constanza
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF5021023 .304
Martin Prado, LF5011001 .275
Freddie Freeman, 1B4010021 .296
Dan Uggla, 2B4010022 .212
Alex Gonzalez, SS4110011 .232
Brooks Conrad, 3B4010010 .241
David Ross, C4010011 .267
Jose Constanza, RF4121020 .400
Derek Lowe, P1100102 .211
    Cristhian Martinez, P0000000 .400
   a- Julio Lugo, PH1000000 .162
    Scott Proctor, P0000000 .000
   b- Eric Hinske, PH1000010 .255
Totals373103112  
a-grounded out for Cr. Martinez in the 7th
b-struck out for Proctor in the 9th
Batting
2B - Michael Bourn (27, Lannan), Freddie Freeman (26, Lannan)
RBI - Michael Bourn (33), Martin Prado (39), Jose Constanza (2)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Constanza (1)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - David Ross (2, Throwing)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Derek Lowe (L,6-10) 41087232 4.86
Cristhian Martinez 2211011 3.38
Scott Proctor 2200020 5.79
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 81-52, Cristhian Martinez 29-21, Scott Proctor 35-24
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 7-3, Cristhian Martinez 3-2, Scott Proctor 3-1
Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 25, Cristhian Martinez 8, Scott Proctor 8
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rick Ankiel, CF5114011 .241
Danny Espinosa, 2B5020000 .228
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5020002 .282
Michael Morse, 1B5121023 .316
Jayson Werth, RF5120003 .226
Jonny Gomes, LF3210111 .213
    Henry Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
Ian Desmond, SS3223000 .229
Wilson Ramos, C3110110 .249
John Lannan, P3101011 .095
    Brian Bixler, LF1010000 .192
Totals38914926  
Batting
2B - Danny Espinosa (16, Lowe)
3B - Jonny Gomes (1, Lowe), Brian Bixler (1, Proctor)
HR - Rick Ankiel (6, Lowe), Michael Morse (18, Cr. Martinez), Ian Desmond (4, Lowe)
SF - Ian Desmond (5)
RBI - Rick Ankiel 4 (23), Michael Morse (60), Ian Desmond 3 (31), John Lannan (5)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Morse (23)
SB - Jayson Werth (14, 3rd base off Lowe/Ross)
Team LOB - 8
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
John Lannan (W,8-7) 6.2933180 3.65
Henry Rodriguez 2.1100040 4.02
Pitches-Strikes - John Lannan 110-80, Henry Rodriguez 34-23
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lannan 7-5, Henry Rodriguez 2-1
Batters Faced - John Lannan 30, Henry Rodriguez 8
Game Information
Attendance - 24326
Game Time - 2:42
Temperature - 93
Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Victor Carapazza, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Jeff Nelson