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ATLANTA -- Washington relied on its offense for its second straight win over Atlanta, leaving manager Davey Johnson feeling relaxed and happy.
Following Friday night's 7-4 win in the series opener, the Nationals have scored seven or more runs in back to back games for the first time this season.
"The offense scoring seven runs two days in a row, I feel like I'm on vacation or something," Johnson said.
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Stephen Strasburg (5-1) was not sharp, but backed by the Nationals' 12 hits, he still won. He set a season high with four walks while giving up four runs and six hits in five innings. He had six strikeouts.
"He's usually the one picking us up and we picked him up today," Johnson said.
"I just don't think he had a good feel of the fastball. He was throwing good and hard. There was nothing physically wrong with him."
The temperature for the first pitch was 90 degrees, and Strasburg soon was shaking sweat off his right arm between pitches. The heat may have contributed to Strasburg's difficulty controlling his fastball.
"I'd try one thing and it wouldn't work and I'd try another thing and it wouldn't work," Strasburg said. "It was just one of those days. I'm not really happy with it, but the bottom line is we won."
The Braves' season-worst losing streak reached six games as they fell three games behind the Nationals.
Before the game, the Braves placed Chipper Jones on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a bruised left leg.
Dan Uggla's two-run, tying homer in the fifth was the big hit for the short-handed Braves.
"We're not playing particularly well right now," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "And there are no excuses. We've just need to get it going.
"I like the fact that we battled back against Strasburg."
Juan Francisco had three hits, including a double off Tom Gorzelanny to lead off the ninth. Craig Stammen gave a one-out walk to pinch-hitter Jack Wilson. Tyler Clippard earned his third save by striking out Michael Bourn and ending the game on McCann's pinch-hit popout.
Francisco had a run-scoring single and fill-in catcher J.C. Boscan also drove in a run in the second inning.
The Braves pulled even at 4-4 on Uggla's homer off Strasburg. The Nationals answered with two runs off Kris Medlen (1-1) in the sixth.
Pinch-hitter Chad Tracy's double drove in Ian Desmond, who doubled. Tracy pulled up with an apparent groin injury between first and second and had to leave the game.
Johnson said Tracy was hopeful he "just popped some scar tissue" and won't have to go on the disabled list.
Rick Ankiel, the pinch-hitter for Strasburg, added a run-scoring triple off the center-field wall. Michael Bourn appeared set to make the catch before backing into the wall, losing his balance and the ball.
There were loud boos for Jason Heyward in the fifth inning when he bobbled a single by Harper in right field for an error and then took a lackadaisical approach to picking up the ball as Harper raced to second base.
"I just saw he wasn't coming up on it hard and I took advantage of that," Harper said.
Minor gave up four runs on six hits in five innings, marking the sixth straight start he has allowed four or more runs. His ERA climbed slightly to 6.98.
"I feel like there are more positives out of this game than the previous games," Minor said. "It was another home run, it was four runs. But I feel like I pitched a lot better. I used all my pitches today."
|Bryce Harper goes 2 for 4 with a home run to help the Nationals double up the struggling Braves. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
|Danny Espinosa, 2B||5||2||2||3||0||3||1||.222|
|Bryce Harper, CF-RF||4||1||2||1||1||0||0||.278|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||4||1||1||0||1||0||0||.256|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||4||0||1||2||0||2||2||.288|
|Ian Desmond, SS||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.275|
|Xavier Nady, RF-LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.136|
|Tyler Moore, LF||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.158|
|a- Chad Tracy, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.265|
|Edwin Jackson, PR||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.211|
|Tom Gorzelanny, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.500|
|Craig Stammen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tyler Clippard, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jesus Flores, C||4||1||1||0||0||2||2||.237|
|Stephen Strasburg, P||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.389|
|b- Rick Ankiel, PH-CF||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||.246|
|a-doubled for Moore in the 6th|
|b-tripled for Strasburg in the 6th|
|2B - Danny Espinosa (8, Minor), Adam LaRoche (11, Venters), Ian Desmond (14, Medlen), Xavier Nady (2, Minor), Chad Tracy (3, Medlen)|
|3B - Rick Ankiel (2, Medlen)|
|HR - Danny Espinosa (5, Minor), Bryce Harper (3, Venters)|
|SF - Adam LaRoche (3)|
|RBI - Danny Espinosa 3 (12), Bryce Harper (10), Adam LaRoche 2 (35), Chad Tracy (12), Rick Ankiel (12)|
|2-OUT RBI - Danny Espinosa 3 (6), Rick Ankiel (6)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Espinosa-Desmond-LaRoche, Desmond-LaRoche|
|Stephen Strasburg (W,5-1)||5||6||4||4||4||6||1||2.64|
|Tom Gorzelanny (H,4)||3||2||0||0||0||4||0||3.75|
|Tyler Clippard (S,3)||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.91|
|Pitches-Strikes - Stephen Strasburg 95-51, Tom Gorzelanny 48-33, Craig Stammen 8-3, Tyler Clippard 8-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Stephen Strasburg 6-1, Tom Gorzelanny 2-3|
|Batters Faced - Stephen Strasburg 23, Tom Gorzelanny 11, Craig Stammen 2, Tyler Clippard 2|
|Michael Bourn, CF||5||0||1||0||0||4||2||.304|
|Tyler Pastornicky, SS||4||0||0||0||0||3||1||.261|
|a- Brian McCann, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.254|
|Martin Prado, LF||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||.333|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||3||1||1||2||1||2||0||.257|
|Eric Hinske, 1B||3||1||0||0||1||0||2||.258|
|Jason Heyward, RF||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||.241|
|Juan Francisco, 3B||4||0||3||1||0||0||0||.226|
|J.C. Boscan, C||4||0||1||1||0||0||3||.250|
|Mike Minor, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.048|
|Kris Medlen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|b- Matt Diaz, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.292|
|Jonny Venters, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chad Durbin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Craig Kimbrel, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Jack Wilson, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.170|
|a-popped out for Pastornicky in the 9th|
|b-struck out for Medlen in the 6th|
|c-walked for Kimbrel in the 9th|
|2B - Juan Francisco (5, Gorzelanny)|
|HR - Dan Uggla (7, Strasburg)|
|RBI - Dan Uggla 2 (27), Juan Francisco (14), J.C. Boscan (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Dan Uggla 2 (7)|
|SB - Martin Prado (7, 2nd base off Strasburg/Flores)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Uggla|
|E - Jason Heyward (1, Misplayed grounder), Eric Hinske (1, Missed catch of throw)|
|Kris Medlen (L,1-1)||1||3||2||2||0||2||0||3.16|
|IBB - Zimmerman by Mike Minor|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mike Minor 97-55, Kris Medlen 22-15, Jonny Venters 25-17, Chad Durbin 16-11, Craig Kimbrel 10-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Minor 5-6, Kris Medlen 1-0, Jonny Venters 1-1, Craig Kimbrel 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Mike Minor 22, Kris Medlen 6, Jonny Venters 6, Chad Durbin 3, Craig Kimbrel 3|
|Attendance - 42698|
|Game Time - 3:10|
|Temperature - 90|
|Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Doug Eddings|