ATLANTA (AP) - Livan Hernandez homered and limited Atlanta to
five hits in eight innings Tuesday night to help the Washington
Nationals to a 6-0 win over the Braves, ending a six-game losing
The Braves were one game behind first-place Philadelphia in the
NL East entering the game and 1 1-2 games ahead of San Francisco in
the wild card race.
Hernandez (10-11) walked two, struck out six and hit a batter.
Only one runner reached second.
The 35-year-old right-hander varied his pitches from a 61 mph
curve in the second inning to Derrek Lee to nothing faster than an
85 mph fastball. He threw 118 pitches, 75 strikes.
Sean Burnett pitched a hitless ninth for the Nationals.