ATLANTA (AP) -
pitched well in his last three starts with Triple-A Richmond and carried it over to his major league debut Thursday night.
Parr tossed six sharp innings and combined with three relievers for a five-hitter, leading the
to a 2-0 victory over the
Parr (1-0) surrendered just two hits - both to
- walked three and struck out three. The 22-year-old right-hander didn't allow a runner past second base.
''What a night he had,'' Atlanta manager
said. ''He's sneaky quick. He doesn't light up the radar gun, but he's got a little looping curve and a changeup. I was impressed.
It's a great way to break in.''
Parr, who was promoted on Tuesday, went 5-3 with a 3.23 ERA with Richmond, going 3-0 with a 0.96 ERA in his last three starts.
''I didn't want to change anything,'' Parr said. ''I just pitched the way I had been.''
Parr had his parents, girlfriend and other relatives and friends on hand for his impressive debut. He threw 60 of his 101
pitches for strikes, and was never clocked at more than 88 mph.
''I was a little nervous, just uncomfortable early,'' he said. ''It was very uncharacteristic of me to walk three guys (all
in the first three innings). I struggled early, then turned it around later.''
worked the seventh,
pitched the eighth and
got three outs to complete Atlanta's seventh shutout of the season. Gonzalez struck out the side after
's leadoff double.
Gonzalez has converted all nine of his save opportunities this season and 39 straight overall, the longest current streak
in the major leagues, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He has not blown a save since June 25, 2004, for Pittsburgh at
(0-1) also pitched well for Washington in his major league debut, allowing two runs and four hits in five innings. He walked
five and struck out two.
''I think I did pretty well. Five innings. I'm happy with it,'' said Martis, who pitched for the Netherlands in the Olympics.
''It was exciting. After the first inning, I was feeling more comfortable.''
hit a sacrifice fly in the third and
with a fielder's choice in the fourth.
The Braves won for only the sixth time in 24 games and ended Washington's five-game winning streak in the season series. The
Nationals, mired in last in the NL East, had won eight of nine.
Washington has won 10 of 15 against Atlanta this season.
Notes: Washington 1B Belliard left for a pinch runner after straining his right groin running out an infield hit in the seventh.
He went 3-for-3. ''I hurt it right then, as I was running to first base,'' he said. ''It hurts.'' There was no timetable for
his return. ''He may be down for the year,'' manager Manny Acta said. ''We'll have an MRI tomorrow morning.'' ... Nationals
SS Christian Guzman had his franchise single-season record of eight straight multihit games end. He went 0-for-3 with three
strikeouts. ... Washington RHP
will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow Friday in Pensacola, Fla. Hill was 1-5 with a 5.83 ERA in 12 games. ...
started after missing two games with a twisted right knee he hurt during infield practice on Tuesday. He went 1-for-1 with
three walks and is batting .359, one point behind
for the NL lead. ... Atlanta SS
did not play. He left Wednesday's game when he re-injured his left shoulder. ... Kotchman made his first start since going
on the bereavement list on Aug. 20 to be with his ill mother. She was released from the hospital on Thursday.