Jason Bergmann took a bid for a no-hitter into
the eighth inning and got his first major league win as a starter,
leading the Washington Nationals over the Atlanta Braves 2-to-1
Bergmann cruised through the first seven innings, but Brian
McCann hit a leadoff homer in the eighth. The right-hander
responded by retiring the next three to get out of the inning.
He came out for the ninth inning and departed after Matt Diaz
singled. Jesus Colome got two outs before Edgar Renteria singled to
bring up Andruw Jones, who struck out after being ahead 3-Oh. It
was Colome's 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 tomorrow, pitched well for the Braves
before he hurt his pitching hand tagging Austin Kearns during a
rundown in the bottom of the seventh.
Smoltz fell to the ground, then got up, looked at his hand and
slammed his glove to the ground. He left the field after being
examined by a trainer.
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.
Cristian Guzman tripled in the first and scored when Ryan
Zimmerman bounced out to shortstop. Kearns doubled in Ryan Church
in the seventh to make it 2-nothing.