WASHINGTON (AP) -- Felipe Lopez had a single, double and go-ahead
triple for the Washington Nationals today as they rallied to beat
the Atlanta Braves 4-to-3.
Last-place Washington has won six of its past seven games,
including three of four against Atlanta. That means the Nationals
have taken two consecutive series after failing to win any of their
first 12 this season.
Chipper Jones' two-run homer to straightaway center in the
fourth inning helped Atlanta take a 3-to-1 lead off Washington
starter Matt Chico (3-4). The rookie starter allowed three runs and
five hits in six innings, but relievers Billy Traber, Jesus Colome,
and Jon Rauch combined for three perfect innings, with Rauch
earning his third save.
The Nationals chipped away with a run each in the fourth and
fifth innings, then two in the sixth. Dmitri Young's R-B-I single
to left tied it at 3-all, meaning Chuck James was charged with
three runs on eight hits over five and a third innings.
Lopez tripled off Chad Parronto (2-1) to drive home the run that
made it 4-to-3.