Bennett impresses again as Braves beat Nationals 10-2

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Jeff Bennett pitched four scoreless innings in Atlanta's 10-2 win over the Washington Nationals yesterday. That extended Bennett's streak of scoreless innings this spring to eleven.

Bennett probably secured a roster spot as a reliever even before proving in his last two appearances he also can deliver as a fill-in starter.

Bennett gave up only one hit with two walks and three strikeouts against Washington.

Bennett has allowed only three hits and no runs in seven innings in two starts since John Smoltz was held out with stiffness in his right shoulder last Friday.

Mark Teixeira was 2-for-3 with a double and a two-run homer and Martin Prado drove in three runs with two hits for Atlanta.

The 27-year-old Bennett was 1-and-1 with a 3.09 ERA in two starts late last season.

He is in his second season since missing the 2006 season following Tommy John surgery. He lost about 54 pounds, from 262 to 208, last year, with much of the weight loss coming after the season.

Washington's Matt Chico gave up seven hits and five runs in 5 2/3 innings.

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