WASHINGTON (AP) -A little run support and some timely hitting went a long way for the suddenly resurgent
both drove in two runs and Washington beat the
7-3 on Friday night for its fourth straight victory.
''You can get all the timely hitting, all the timely hits you want, but if we don't win, those timely hits doesn't mean anything,''
said. ''Right now, everybody's playing well, everybody's having fun. It's a lot more fun around here when you're winning and
we're going to try to finish up strongly.''
The winning streak matches the Nationals' season high. It's the third four-game run of the year for Washington, which last
won five in a row Sept. 1-5, 2007.
Before the current surge, Washington had dropped 14 of 16, including a 12-game losing streak, the franchise's longest since
''We don't remember the losing streak. You remember that,'' Manny Acta told reporters. ''We have played good the last four
games. ... We're enjoying it right now.''
(6-10) allowed three runs - two earned - and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings to win for the first time in four starts. The left-hander
walked two and struck out three.
Benefiting from an early 5-0 lead, Perez was determined not to let the offensive outburst go to waste. Four of Washington's
runs came on two-out hits.
''For any pitcher, you see three or four runs and you're good. You're happy with that. ... For me, to see four, five, six,
seven runs - that's a lot of runs to work with,'' Perez said.
, the sixth Washington pitcher, got the final two outs for his seventh save.
, who became the second National to hit for the cycle in Thursday night's victory over the
Los Angeles Dodgers
, had two hits and is on an 11-for-18 tear.
homered for Atlanta, which has dropped 14 of 18. The Braves have lost eight of 12 to the Nationals, the only team below them
in the NL East.
''Numbers can speak for themselves,'' Atlanta catcher
After Perez wiggled out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the first, Zimmerman's RBI single put the Nationals up 1-0. Following
Guzman's double, Zimmerman blooped a run-scoring hit to right.
In the second,
's one-out triple scored
, who had slapped a leadoff double off the glove of third baseman
. Guzman then singled for a 3-0 lead.
Washington chased Braves starter
in a two-run fourth. Bonifacio's single and walks to
and Zimmerman loaded the bases with two outs. Milledge poked a two-run single to right, and
''I missed a lot of my spots. That's the problem with me. I can't miss my spots,'' Campillo said.
Campillo (7-7) went 3 1-3 innings, allowing five runs and eight hits. He walked three and struck out three.
McCann wondered what a few early runs would have meant to Campillo and the Braves.
''We have to swing the bats early,'' McCann said. ''If we put a three-spot on the board, he pitched a great game. Everything
gets magnified when you don't swing the bats.''
Atlanta cut the lead to 5-3 in the fifth.
led off with a double and Norton hit a two-run, pinch-hit homer to center.
reached on an infield single and went to second on second baseman Bonifacio's throwing error before
's RBI double.
Zimmerman's sacrifice fly and
's run-scoring single extended the lead to 7-3 in the sixth.
Notes: Milledge's multihit game was his 26th, second-most on the team to Guzman's 44. Milledge got his 100th and 101st career
RBIs. ... Norton's pinch homer was his second this season and 12th of his career. ... RHP
, activated before the game after agreeing to terms Wednesday, made his Braves debut. He allowed two runs in 1 2-3 innings.