RFK has rare homer night as Nationals beat Braves 7-4

Two players hit their first homers of the season, another player
hit his second, and Chipper Jones clobbered Number 26 tonight as
the Washington Nationals put another dent into the Atlanta Braves'
fading playoff hopes with a 7-4 victory.
Jason Bergmann (5-5) pitched 6 2-3 innings to win his third
straight start, and D'Angelo Jimenez took advantage of a rare spot
in the lineup to get three hits and increase his average from .176
to .208.
The Nationals beat Atlanta starter Lance Cormier (2-6) for the
second time in less than a week, keeping the Braves 8{ games behind
the NL East leading New York Mets and at least 4{ behind San Diego
in the wild card race.
Four home runs might not seem like a lot by modern-day
standards, but it was a long-ball treat that tied the season high
at a ballpark that has averaged about 1{ per game this season and
has been one of the stingiest for power hitters since baseball
returned to the nation's capital in 2005.
The Braves loaded the bases in the ninth off Chad Cordero with
two hits and a walk, but Jones hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end
the game. It was Cordero's 34th save.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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