WASHINGTON (AP) - Ryan Church hit a go-ahead, three-run double as last-place Washington beat the Atlanta Braves 6-to-4 Wednesday night for its fifth victory in six games.
Church's liner to right-center off Kyle Davies (1-2) capped a four-run fifth in which the Nationals batted around. All of the runs were unearned, thanks to second baseman Kelly Johnson's fielding error.
The big hit also helped Washington overcome a shaky first major league start by Levale Speigner, a Thomsasville, Georgia, native who until tonight was used primarily as a long reliever in his first season above Double-A.
Speigner was moved into the rotation to fill in for Shawn Hill, who's on the disabled list. The right-handed Speigner lasted four innings, allowing at least one hit in each, and gave up four runs and eight hits.
He was followed by Billy Traber (1-0), who earned the win by pitching his first inning of 2007 for the Nationals.
Atlanta took a 4-to-2 lead into the fifth. Chipper Jones, who missed the previous four games with bruised hands and thumbs, doubled and scored on Andruw Jones' two-run single in the first. Scott Thorman and Willie Harris drove in runs in the fourth.
(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
|7:00pm||The Big Bang Theory|
|8:00pm||The Crazy Ones|
|8:30pm||Two and a Half Men|
|10:00pm||WTVY News 4 at Ten|
|9:00pm||Law & Order: SVU|
|7:00pm||The Vampire Diaries|
|9:00pm||Primetime News at 9|
|Get the ingredients you need to cook with Rach all week long.|
|Full length exclusive concerts from hot artists.|
|Take a break!
Classic Pacman, Frogger, Asteroids and more.
Sell almost anything locally.