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Atlanta Earns A Series Win With A 5-2 Victory Over Washington

Chipper just keeps on rockin along, hitting another home run Thursday night.
Chipper just keeps on rockin along, hitting another home run Thursday night.

Atlanta clinched a series win over Washington with a 5-2 victory Thursday night in Atlanta. 

Brian McCann opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning with a two-out home run off Nationals starter Chien-Ming Wang to make it a 1-0 game.

Chipper Jones got into the long ball action in the second inning with a backside home run to left-center field that increased the Braves lead to 2-0. 

Atlanta upped its lead again in the fourth inning as Dan Uggla walked with one out and advanced to second on a Jones groundout. Eric Hinske followed with a single to right field that scored Uggla to increase the lead to 3-0.

Washington got on the board finally in the top of the sixth inning as Jayson Werth led off with a huge home run to left field to make it a 3-1 game.

Alex Gonzalez singled with runners on first and third in the bottom of the sixth inning and two outs, scoring Dan Uggla and chasing Wang from the game to make the score 4-1.

The rest after the jump.

After Eric O'Flaherty pitched the seventh inning, Jonny Venters pitched the eight inning and struggled with his control. The Nationals loaded the bases with a single from Johnny Gomes and walks by Werth and Ryan Zimmerman.

Michael Morse grounded to Chipper Jones, but Chipper bobbled it, allowing Gomes to score and cut the lead to 4-2.

Venters escaped the rest of the inning unscathed.

Atlanta added one more run in the bottom of the eighth, as Jason Heyward tripled to right field and scored on a sacrifice fly from Alex Gonzalez. The sac fly gave Atlanta a 5-2 lead.

Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth inning, recording all three outs via strikeout to seal the win.

WP: Tim Hudson, 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K.

LP. Chien-Ming Wang. 5.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 0 K.

Save: Craig Kimbrel (42) 

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