ATLANTA (AP) - Derek Lowe set a career high with 12 strikeouts
and combined with Billy Wagner on a six-hitter to lead the Atlanta
Braves past the Washington Nationals 4-0 on Monday night.
The Braves began the day one game behind first-place
Philadelphia in the NL East.
Lowe (13-12) was 0-3 with a 6.11 ERA in his first three starts
against Washington this season before delivering an impressive win
marked by two personal milestones.
The right-hander earned an ovation from the small crowd of
18,647 with his 1,500th career strikeout against Ian Desmond in the
fourth. Lowe struck out Wilson Ramos in the eighth for his 12th of
Lowe gave up six hits and no walks in eight innings.