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                   === Uggla, Braves take down Nationals ===
 
 Washington,  DC  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Dan Uggla  drove in  two runs during a
 decisive  four-run  fifth inning that boosted  the Atlanta Braves to a 6-2 win
 over  the Washington Nationals in the second test of a three-game set Saturday
 at Nationals Park.
 
 Atlanta  starter Julio  Teheran (1-1) struck out six over seven strong innings
 and  limited  the Nationals to just  two runs on  three hits and four walks to
 pick up the win.
 
 Ian Thomas spun a scoreless eighth and Jordan Walden stranded runners on first
 and second in the ninth to close out Atlanta's fourth straight victory.
 
 Teheran  also  added two hits and  an RBI at  the plate, while Ryan Doumit and
 Andrelton Simmons supplied an RBI apiece in the win.
 
 "That's  our goal,  to win every series.  We've put ourselves in a position to
 sweep now," Uggla said.
 
 Stephen  Strasburg (0-1) was knocked around for six runs -- three earned -- on
 eight hits and three walks over 4 1/3 frames to absorb the loss.
 
 "I just left some pitches up," Strasburg said.
 
 Adam  LaRoche  launched a two-run  homer for the  Nationals, who have lost two
 straight since opening the season with a three-game sweep of the Mets.
 
 LaRoche's  two-out blast in the first gave the Nats a 2-0 edge, but the Braves
 battled  back with  two in the fourth  to tie the game before breaking through
 for four in the fifth to seize control.
 
 In  the  fourth, Justin  Upton smacked  a leadoff single  and stole second two
 batters  later  before  Simmons  slapped  a grounder  to  third  baseman  Ryan
 Zimmerman with two outs.
 
 Zimmerman  smothered the  groundball,  but  misfired on  his  throw to  first,
 allowing Upton to score while Simmons raced around to second.
 
 Teheran  then  helped his  own cause  with a hump-back  liner to shallow right
 field that scored Simmons to tie the game at 2-2.
 
 The Braves broke things open in the fifth, as Freddie Freeman worked a one-out
 walk before Chris Johnson and Upton stroked consecutive singles.
 
 With  the  bases loaded,  Uggla laced  a curveball past  a diving Zimmerman at
 third to score Freeman and Johnson for a 4-2 lead.
 
 Uggla  and Upton both  moved up a base on Bryce Harper's throwing error before
 Doumit followed with a single to right to plate Upton for a 5-2 lead.
 
 Aaron Barrett then replaced Strasburg and served up a sacrifice fly to Simmons
 that gave Atlanta a 6-2 lead.
 
 Washington  put  its first two hitters  on in the  home half of the fifth, but
 Denard  Span grounded  into a fielder's choice to leave runners on the corners
 for Harper, who smacked a liner to center field.
 
 B.J.  Upton  got his body behind  the ball and  made the catch before firing a
 one-hop  strike  to the  plate to nab  Jose Lobaton tagging  from third for an
 inning-ending double play.
 
 The  Nats again put runners on first and second with no outs in the sixth, but
 Teheran  retired the final six hitters he faced in order to maintain Atlanta's
 lead.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Atlanta went 5-for-16 with runners in scoring position and left 12 men on base
 ...  Washington finished  1-for-9 with RISP and left eight runners on base ...
 Thomas  recorded the  first  two strikeouts  of his  major  league career  ...
 Zimmerman  was  charged with  his  second  error  of  the season  ...  Teheran
 registered his third career RBI.
 
 
 
 
 04/06 01:11:33 ET

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