Wednesday, March 25, 2009. (AP) -- Chipper Jones hit a two-run homer and finished with two hits in the Atlanta Braves' 6-3 loss to the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night.
Jones connected against Collin Balester in the fourth inning and doubled in the sixth. The All-Star third baseman has fought a muscle strain in his right side most of the spring.
Nick Johnson and Elijah Dukes each drove in two runs for Washington. Balester allowed two runs and four hits in five innings.
Kenshin Kawakami threw five sharp innings for Atlanta, yielding an unearned run and one hit. The Japanese right-hander struck out three and walked two.
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