ATLANTA (AP) -The
would like a restart. The
just want to keep the winning pace they've set during the first week of the season.
drove in two runs, including a tiebreaking single, and the Braves beat Washington 8-5 on Sunday to hand the Nationals their
sixth straight loss to start the season.
Washington is the only winless team in the majors and has the franchise's most consecutive losses to open a season since the
1998 Montreal Expos were 0-7.
''We have to forget this ever happened,'' left-hander
The pressure is already building for the Nationals, who lost three straight at Florida to open the season and will play their
home opener against Philadelphia on Monday.
''Right now we're in a situation where we have to play almost perfect baseball,'' manager Manny Acta said.
(2-0) gave up five hits and five walks in 5 1-3 innings but allowed only four runs, three earned, to help the Braves sweep
the three-game series and improve to 5-1.
The Braves, who are hitting .300, have their best start since opening the 2007 season 7-1.
''It's good to get off to a good start,'' manager
said. ''If you start 1-5 instead of 5-1, it's tough to come back.''
Atlanta, which blew a 10-3 lead in the seventh inning of a 12-11 loss at Philadelphia on Wednesday, has enjoyed a strong and
balanced attack in the first week. Seven players drove in runs on Sunday.
''We're swinging it really good,'' Jones said. ''And it's coming from all parts.
''When you're producing some runs down at the bottom of the order, it really takes the pressure off the top, because you know
eventually the top is going to come through.''
The Braves scored their first five runs on two-out rallies in the fourth and fifth to beat Olsen (0-2), who gave up six hits
and five runs in five innings.
pitched a perfect ninth for his first save.
Washington had 10 hits but left the bases loaded in the fifth, when
struck out to end the inning. The Nationals left runners on first and second in the eighth, when
struck out to end the inning.
The Nationals left 11 runners on base overall.
''I don't have a quick fix,'' said Dunn, who was 2-for-3 with two walks. ''Guys know what they need to do, and I think it's
''We're playing hard. We're just not doing the little things that we need to do. We're leaving so many runners on. You can't
do that and be successful.''
had two hits and drove in three runs for Washington.
had two hits and scored twice for Atlanta.
The teams traded four straight two-out rallies in the fourth, fifth and sixth.
Atlanta took a 3-0 lead in the fourth.
started the rally with a walk and a steal, allowing him to score on a double to center by
's triple into the right-field corner drove in Diaz, and
added a run-scoring single to right.
The Nationals scored three runs with two outs in the fifth. Dukes drove in
with a double to the wall in center field. Dukes scored when Prado, making his first start of the season at first base, mishandled
's grounder for an error.
Jurrjens walked Dunn and
to load the bases before striking out Willingham.
Atlanta regained the lead by scoring two runs in the fifth on two-out singles by Jones and McCann.
Dukes' run-scoring single in the sixth cut the lead to 5-4, but the Braves scored two runs in the seventh off reliever
. Infante doubled and scored on
's double to right. Jones drove in Escobar with a single to left.
Zimmerman and Atlanta's
traded run-scoring singles in the eighth.
Notes: Braves LHP
ended his minor league start with Double-A Mississippi after only two innings after experiencing shoulder discomfort. He will
be evaluated after he returns to Atlanta. ... Washington 2B
came out with a left oblique strain he sustained running to first on a third-inning single. Harris is day to day and will
be evaluated on Monday. ... The Nationals already were without 2B
, who has not played since leaving Wednesday night's game with lower back tightness. Acta said the team might add an infielder,
, on Monday. ... Zimmerman's run-scoring single in the eighth was his 500th career hit.