National League Game Summary - Washington at Atlanta|
(Thursday, May 2nd)
Final Score: Washington 3, Atlanta 1
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Dan Haren pitched eight innings of one-run
baseball and the Washington Nationals defeated the Atlanta Braves, 3-1, in the
finale of a four-game set.
Haren (3-3) blew by the Braves' offense, throwing 90 pitches. He allowed just
four hits and a walk in his outing. Rafael Soriano pitched a scoreless ninth
to notch his ninth save.
"(Haren's) a consummate pitcher," said Nationals manager Davey Johnson. "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."
Denard Span was 3-for-4 and drove in two runs and Steve Lombardozzi had one
RBI for the Nationals, who gained a split of the series.
Dan Uggla knocked a solo homer but the Braves mustered just five hits. Starter
Kris Medlen (1-4) surrendered three runs on seven hits while striking out
eight and walking three over seven frames.
Span started the game with a double to right, advanced to third on a wild
pitch by Medlen and scored on a single by Lombardozzi.
Washington tacked on two more runs during its next at-bat. With two outs,
third baseman Chris Johnson misplayed Span's soft grounder. The ball rolled
into shallow left field allowing Anthony Rendon and Wilson Ramos to score on
Uggla's home run came with two outs in the seventh.
Soriano gave up a two-out single to Evan Gattis in the ninth, but Uggla popped
out to Lombardozzi to end the game.
"(Haren) was great ... and Soriano took care of the rest," Chris Johnson said.
Medlen threw 104 pitches ... Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond hit his 11th
double of the season ... Haren entered the game 2-1 with a 7.31 ERA in three
starts at Turner Field, though his last victory came in 2005, as a member of
the Athletics ... The Nationals were 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position
and left 10 men on base ... Washington is 8-8 against NL East teams this
05/02 23:39:13 ET