Braves' struggles continue in loss to Nationals

Washington 7, Atlanta 4

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ATLANTA — Rick Ankiel hit a two-run triple in Washington’s four-run first inning, Ryan Zimmerman padded the lead with a three-run double in the seventh and the first-place Nationals beat the slumping Atlanta Braves 7-4 Friday night.

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Washington's Chien-Ming Wang won in his season debut Friday. The Nationals' lead in the NL East increased to two over Atlanta.  JOHN BAZEMORE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
JOHN BAZEMORE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Washington's Chien-Ming Wang won in his season debut Friday. The Nationals' lead in the NL East increased to two over Atlanta.

Right-hander Chien-Ming Wang (1-0) won in his season debut. He gave up one run in three innings after taking over for Ross Detwiler in the fifth.

The Nationals moved two games ahead of Atlanta in the NL East.

Ian Desmond had a two-run single in the Nationals’ first inning. The Braves cut the lead to 4-3 before Zimmerman’s bases-loaded double off Tim Hudson in the seventh.

Jason Heyward homered in the eighth, Martin Prado had two doubles and a triple and Matt Diaz drove in three runs with two hits for the Braves. Atlanta has lost five in a row, its longest streak of the season.

Tyler Clippard pitched a perfect ninth with two strikeouts for his second save.

Wang entered the game after Prado doubled and Detwiler walked Dan Uggla with one out. Wang gave up a two-run double to Diaz, who was thrown out going for a triple.

Wang allowed three hits and one run, on Heyward’s homer, in three innings.

A left hamstring injury in spring training kept Wang out this season before he came off the disabled list Tuesday.

The Nationals took a 4-0 lead off Hudson (3-2) in the first. Desmond’s bouncing single up the middle drove in Bryce Harper, who singled, and Zimmerman, who doubled. Hudson hit Danny Espinosa with a pitch before giving up Ankiel’s two-run triple to left-center.

Hudson gave up seven earned runs on eight hits and two walks in 6⅔ innings. The four runs he allowed in the first inning topped the three he gave up in his previous three starts.

TODAY’S GAME

WHAT: Washington (Stephen Strasburg, 4-1, 2.21) at Atlanta (Mike Minor, 2-4, 6.96)

TIME/TV: 4:05 p.m., SportSouth

CHIPPER PUT ON DL

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves are placing Chipper Jones on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised left leg.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez says the team has to make the move because it needs the roster spot to call up a catcher. Backup catcher David Ross left Friday’s game with a right groin strain.

Jones missed his seventh consecutive start with swelling and discoloration in his left foot, ankle and calf. He was hit by a grounder May 18 at Tampa Bay.

– Associated Press

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