WASHINGTON (AP) -The
had almost as much trouble at home as they did while dropping their first six road games this season.
After Washington won the first two of a three-game series against Atlanta,
, part of the Nationals' new-look bullpen, walked
with the bases loaded in the ninth inning Wednesday night, giving the Braves a 1-0 victory.
Atlanta won for the second time in seven games. The Nationals dropped to 3-11 - the worst record in the majors.
''It was tough because we had an opportunity to erase the first week of the season by having a great homestand,'' Washington
manager Manny Acta said.
The Nationals lost five of eight at home during a strange week. It included a rainout, two games with long rain delays, and
three late-inning losses to Florida last weekend. Those defeats convinced the team to make major changes in the bullpen.
This game was scoreless through eight, with
pitching 7 2-3 innings for Atlanta and
seven for Washington.
singled with one out in the ninth against
(0-1) and was forced at second on
's grounder. Diaz slid hard into shortstop
's right shin to break up a potential double play.
Mock then walked
before Hinckley issued free passes to pinch-hitter
''We needed a win, somehow, like that, because we'd lost too many tough ones almost identical,'' Braves manager
said. ''It'll be a boost for them. It'll be a nice plane ride tonight.''
(1-0) struck out the only batter he faced in relief of Jurrjens.
earned his second save, pitching a perfect ninth.
Jurrjens allowed six hits, walked two and struck out four. He is 2-1 and he reduced his ERA to a sparkling 1.42.
''It'll be difficult to top that,'' Jurrjens said.
Johnson was just 2-for-12 in the series, and was relieved to get the decisive RBI. He would have preferred Jurrjens get the
''I didn't have to do anything for that,'' Johnson said. ''I'd say JJ got this team the win, even though he's not going to
get it in the stat category.''
Washington had two excellent opportunities to score.
extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a leadoff double in the third. He moved to third base on an infield out by
popped up and
In the seventh, Willingham doubled leading off. He moved to third on
's bunt, but
grounded out and
popped up to end the inning.
''Our situational hitting continues to bury us, to hurt us,'' Acta said.
Lannan has yet to win this season. In his first two starts, both losses, he allowed 10 runs in nine innings. In his last two,
he's given up one run and eight hits in 13 1-3 innings.
The left-hander yielded five hits against Atlanta, striking out four and walking two. He pitched out of two jams, too. The
Braves had runners on first and third in the second and loaded the bases in the fourth.
Notes: Braves OF
missed his third straight game with a left quadriceps injury. Cox said if Anderson hasn't improved by Friday's game in Cincinnati,
the team might put him on the disabled list. ''We hope he's better,'' Cox said. ''We miss him.'' ... Cintron started at SS
had played the previous six games, but made five errors. ... The Nationals will make up an April 15 game with Philadelphia
that was postponed by rain on May 16 as part of a day-night doubleheader.