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Ankiel slam helps Nats rout Braves

Aug 3, 2011 - 2:06 AM Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Rick Ankiel hit his second career grand slam to cap a five-run fourth inning as the Washington Nationals battered the Atlanta Braves, 9-3, in game two of a three-game series.

Ian Desmond added a two-run homer and three RBI in the Nationals' fourth straight win.

John Lannan (8-7) lasted 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out eight.

With Lannan's victory Tuesday and Livan Hernandez's win on Monday, it marked the first time Nationals starters earned the triumph in consecutive games since June 10 and 11, when Jason Marquis and Lannan, respectively, accomplished the feat.

Derek Lowe (6-10) allowed eight runs -- seven earned -- on 10 hits and two walks over four-plus innings in Atlanta's third consecutive loss.

Dan Uggla extended his career-best hitting streak to 24 games with a single in the fifth inning, and Freddie Freeman doubled in the seventh to extend his to 17 contests.








  • ATLANTA: 3
    WASHINGTON: 9
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    Aug 2 9:49 PM


  • Michael Morse two-out, solo Home Run (18) to right center. Jayson Werth due up.

    Braves 3, Nationals 9  Bot 6, 2 OutsAug 2 8:59 PM


  • Ian Desmond none-out, two-run Home Run (4) to left scored Jonny Gomes. Wilson Ramos due up.

    Braves 3, Nationals 8  Bot 5, 0 OutsAug 2 8:40 PM


  • Danny Espinosa singled to right. Runner on first with one out and Ryan Zimmerman due up.

    Braves 3, Nationals 6  Bot 4, 1 OutAug 2 8:26 PM
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    Braves 3, Nationals 6  Bot 4, 1 OutAug 2 8:23 PM


  • Derek Lowe walked. Bases loaded with two outs and Michael Bourn due up.

    Braves 3, Nationals 1  Top 4, 2 OutsAug 2 8:09 PM


  • Martin Prado grounded out second to first scored Derek Lowe with two out. On the play, Michael Bourn advances to third. Runner on third and Freddie Freeman due up.

    Braves 2, Nationals 1  Top 3, 2 OutsAug 2 7:45 PM
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    Braves 2, Nationals 1  Top 3, 2 OutsAug 2 7:45 PM


  • Michael Bourn double to right scored Jose Constanza with one out. On the play, Derek Lowe advances to third. Runners on second and third and Martin Prado due up.

    Braves 1, Nationals 1  Top 3, 1 OutAug 2 7:44 PM
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    Braves 0, Nationals 1  End 2Aug 2 7:36 PM


  • Ian Desmond sacrifice fly to right scored Jayson Werth with two out. None on and Wilson Ramos due up.

    Braves 0, Nationals 1  Bot 2, 2 OutsAug 2 7:33 PM


  • ATLANTA: 0
    WASHINGTON: 0
    Top 1, 0 Outs

    Aug 2 7:07 PM
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