Washington 2, Atlanta 1

WASHINGTON (AP) - Jason Bergmann's first major-league win as a
starter came close to being a no-hitter. The Washington right-hander held the Atlanta Braves without a hit into the eighth inning Monday night before a homer by Brian McCann. The Nationals had to settle for a 2-to-1 victory.

Bergmann retiring the next three batters after McCann to get out of the inning. He came out for the ninth inning and departed after Matt Diaz singled. Jesus Colome got his first save of the season.

Bergmann (1-3) struck out 10 and walked one to get his first win since September 15th, 2005, and first in 15 major league starts.

John Smoltz, who turns 40 today, pitched well before he hurt his pitching hand tagging Austin Kearns during a rundown in the seventh. Smoltz (5-2) worked six and two-thirds innings, allowing two runs and four hits. He walked two and struck out five in his first loss since April 12th, also against Washington.

Tim Hudson is scheduled to start for Atlanta today in the second game of a four-game series in Washington. Jerome Williams will take the mound for the Nationals.