Nationals end winning road trip with victory
ATLANTA (Ticker) -- The
are heading to the nation's capital with a winning record.
hit his fourth and fifth homers of the season and drove in four runs to lead the Nationals to an 11-4 rout of the
in the rubber game of their three-game series.
The win completed a season-opening 5-4 road trip for the Nationals, who will play their first game at RFK Stadium on Thursday night against the
"It was a great road trip," said Nationals catcher
. "There are a lot of positives to take from this. We certainly go into the home opener on a high note."
The home opener will be the first regular-season major league game in the nation's capital since 1971, the final year of the Washington Senators, who later became the
. The Montreal Expos relocated to Washington in the offseason and won their first series against the Braves since sweeping three games here in April 2003.
"It's a huge confidence builder," said Nationals third baseman
, who had two hits and scored twice. "Hopefully, we can take that and build on it for the rest of the year."
(1-1) pitched six innings and allowed three runs and four hits to earn his first win since May 30.
delivered a three-run triple to highlight a six-run ninth inning for the Nationals.
(1-1), who had won his last six starts dating to last August, yielded four runs and seven hits in six innings.
The Braves went 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position and left 11 on.
Guillen gave the Nationals the lead for good with a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning and hit a solo home run in the seventh to increase the advantage to 5-3.
After the Braves pulled within 5-4 on an RBI single by
in the seventh inning, Guillen belted a two-run homer off
in the ninth.
"It's nine players playing on the field, not just myself," said Guillen, who signed as a free agent with Washington in the offseason and recorded his fifth career multi-homer game.
delivered a two-out, two-run single in the first inning after
walked on a close 3-2 pitch to give Washington a 2-0 lead.
"A couple of pitches in that first inning could have gone a different way," Thomson said. "But that's the way it goes. One pitch the other way and I could have been out of the inning."
Instead, it was Atlanta manager
who was out of the ballgame. He was ejected by plate umpire Randy Marsh for arguing balls and strikes after the inning was over.
"I think it cost us two runs by not calling the pitch," Cox said of his 114th career ejection. "We probably win the game if we just got that pitch."
hit a solo home run in the bottom of the first and the Braves took a 3-2 lead on a two-run double by
in the third inning.
had back-to-back triples to tie the game before Guillen's go-ahead sacrifice fly in the fifth.