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Nats' bats heat up in win over Braves

Nats' bats heat up in win over Braves

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NATIONALS 4, BRAVES 1
at Viera, Fla.
Saturday, March 22

Braves at the plate: Chipper Jones drove in Atlanta's only run when he doubled down the left-field line to drive in Kelly Johnson in the sixth inning.

Nationals at the plate: In the bottom of the fourth inning, Rob Mackowiak gave the Nationals a 1-0 lead when he singled to left field to drive in Nick Johnson. Two innings later, Austin Kearns drove in a run with a double to right-center field. Two batters later, Ronnie Belliard drove in Johnson with a sacrifice fly to center field. Jesus Flores followed and singled to left field to drive in Kearns.

Braves on the mound: Right-hander Jair Jurrjens gave up four runs in five innings. He struck out three batters and walked one.

Nationals on the mound: Left-hander John Lannan pitched six innings and gave up one run and three hits. He struck out two batters and walked two.

Grapefruit League records: Braves 12-11-1, Nationals 10-14-2.

Up next for the Nationals: Washington travels to Jupiter, Fla., to play the Florida Marlins on Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. ET. Nationals right-hander Tim Redding will face Marlins right-hander Rick VandenHurk. The last time these two teams met was on March 13, with the Marlins defeating the Nationals, 2-1.

Up next for the Braves: Mike Hampton is hoping to pitch six innings when he faces the Astros at Disney's Champion Stadium on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. Hampton has rebounded from the sore groin he experienced early in camp and is moving closer to starting the season in the starting rotation.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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