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After winning his last two starts, Haren is feeling a little better, and that's mostly because he's not overthrowing his fastball.
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"I'm not going to care about velocity anymore," he said with a smile. "I'm sick of that. It just gives me problems. I'm just going to be myself out there. Whether it's 88 or 85 (mph), I don't really care. I know I can get people out."
The Nationals, who snapped a nine-game losing streak to Atlanta on Wednesday, allowed their NL East rivals to get only three runners in scoring position over two nights.
Haren (3-3) gave up four hits and one run with one walk and four strikeouts.
"He's a consummate pitcher," Washington manager Davey Johnson said. "He doesn't give in to a hitter. He's got all kinds of movement on the ball, and this is a very aggressive swinging ballclub. They were swinging early in the count, which worked right in his favor."
Washington got off to a good start in the first against Kris Medlen, breaking its 15-game streak without a first-inning run when Span led off with a double, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Steve Lombardozzi's RBI single.
Adam LaRoche doubled and rookie Anthony Rendon singled to start the second. With two outs, Span doubled past third baseman Chris Johnson on a play that was originally scored an error and later changed to a hit.
Medlen (1-4) lost his third straight start for the first time in his career, allowing seven hits, three runs and three walks in seven innings. He struck out eight.
"I thought (Span's two-run double) was a pretty big part of the game, but I'm tired of doing interviews postgame saying, `I just kept us in the game,"' Medlen said. "If I'd cleaned it up from the get-go, I don't give up any runs."
Haren shook off his 7.31 career ERA in three career starts at Turner Field to pitch well in consecutive outings for the first time since signing as a free agent with the Nationals last winter.
His results weren't much different from Wednesday, when Jordan Zimmerman pitched eight scoreless innings against Atlanta. Haren had the Braves guessing all night until Uggla's fifth homer cut the lead to 3-1 with two out in the seventh.
Needing just 13 pitches to get through the first two innings, Haren didn't allow a hit until Freeman's two-out single in the fourth. Haren made just 69 pitches through the seventh.
"I'm pitching more like myself," Haren said. "That's what it came down to. I told you guys I was overdoing it with fastballs. I just went back to like I pitched in 2011, changing speeds on my cutter, throwing more splits and showing people fastballs here and there."
Of Atlanta's three runners in scoring position the last two games, two of them - Medlen and Paul Maholm -- were pitchers.
Span went 3 for 4 with a walk. He snapped an 0-for-41 skid that the Nationals had this season against the Atlanta bullpen when he singled off Jordan Walden in the ninth.
|Dan Haren wins his second consecutive start, giving up four hits and one run with one walk and four strikeouts. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Denard Span, CF||4||1||3||2||1||0||0||.292|
|Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B||4||0||1||1||1||1||2||.224|
|Bryce Harper, LF||4||0||0||0||1||1||1||.323|
|Jayson Werth, RF||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.260|
|a- Roger Bernadina, PH-RF||3||0||0||0||0||2||4||.045|
|Ian Desmond, SS||4||0||1||0||0||3||1||.297|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||3||0||1||0||1||1||0||.136|
|Anthony Rendon, 3B||3||1||2||0||1||0||2||.240|
|Wilson Ramos, C||4||1||0||0||0||0||2||.222|
|Dan Haren, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||.167|
|b- Chad Tracy, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.161|
|Rafael Soriano, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-lined out for Werth in the 5th|
|b-struck out for Haren in the 9th|
|2B - Denard Span 2 (4, Medlen, Medlen), Ian Desmond (11, Medlen), Adam LaRoche (2, Medlen)|
|SH - Dan Haren (1)|
|RBI - Denard Span 2 (11), Stephen Lombardozzi (4)|
|2-OUT RBI - Denard Span 2 (6)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|PB - Wilson Ramos (1)|
|Dan Haren (W,3-3)||8||4||1||1||1||4||1||5.01|
|Rafael Soriano (S,9)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||3.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dan Haren 90-62, Rafael Soriano 18-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Haren 10-10, Rafael Soriano 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Dan Haren 29, Rafael Soriano 4|
|Jordan Schafer, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.265|
|Chris Johnson, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.352|
|Justin Upton, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.287|
|Freddie Freeman, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.296|
|Evan Gattis, C||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.253|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||4||1||1||1||0||0||3||.167|
|B.J. Upton, CF||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.134|
|Andrelton Simmons, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.223|
|Kris Medlen, P||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||.000|
|Cory Gearrin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Reed Johnson, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.219|
|Jordan Walden, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-singled for Gearrin in the 8th|
|HR - Dan Uggla (5, Haren)|
|RBI - Dan Uggla (9)|
|2-OUT RBI - Dan Uggla (2)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|E - Justin Upton (2, Missed catch of throw)|
|Kris Medlen (L,1-4)||7||7||3||3||3||8||0||3.38|
|IBB - Harper by Jordan Walden|
|WP - Kris Medlen (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kris Medlen 104-69, Cory Gearrin 17-8, Jordan Walden 19-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kris Medlen 5-8, Cory Gearrin 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Kris Medlen 31, Cory Gearrin 4, Jordan Walden 5|
|Attendance - 19806|
|Game Time - 2:26|
|Temperature - 65|
|Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Mike Winters|