LaRoche hits 2 HRs, Braves top Nats 6-2

ATLANTA (AP) - Adam LaRoche gave the Braves the lead with a
seventh-inning homer, his second of the game, and Atlanta continued
its second-half surge by beating the Washington Nationals 6-2 on
Wednesday night.

LaRoche snapped a 2-2 tie with his seventh-inning homer off
Jorge Sosa (1-1). He had a second-inning homer off Craig Stammen
and drove in a third run with a bases-loaded walk in Atlanta's
three-run eighth.

Garret Anderson and Martin Prado also hit homers for the Braves,
who have won five straight. Their 17-9 record since the All-Star
break is the best in the National League.

Derek Lowe (12-7) gave up only two runs on seven hits and four
walks in seven innings. He has won his last five decisions.