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 tonight.
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-R-B-I 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.