ATLANTA (AP) - Brian McCann's run-scoring single gave the Braves their first lead in a week, and he added a three-run homer to lift Atlanta to a 4-to-1 victory over the Washington Nationals Monday night.
The Braves snapped a five-game losing streak, their longest of the season. The streak included four shutout losses.
In the only game in that stretch they were not shut out, the Braves managed only one run -- on a Chipper Jones homer -- in a 2-to-1 loss to Detroit on Saturday.
The Braves ended a streak of 48 innings without holding a lead when McCann's fourth-inning single drove in Edgar Renteria for a 1-nothing lead. The Braves had not led a game since beating the Boston Red Sox 9-to-4 a week ago.
McCann's second four-RBI game of the season helped Tim Hudson (7-5) win for the first time since May 30th.
Hudson, who had two losses and two no-decisions in his first four starts of June, gave up seven hits and one run with no walks in seven innings. He had nine strikeouts, matching his combined total from his first four starts of the month.
Bob Wickman got three outs for his 13th save in 16 chances.
(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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