Former Atlanta Brave and current Washington Nationals' outfielder Rick Ankiel homered twice in the game, leading the Nationals to a 5-3 victory over the Braves on Monday night.
Atlanta ace Jair Jurrjens had is second weak outing in a row as he was chased after just five innings on the mound, allowing five runs on seven hits. The loss was Jurrjens fourth of the season and rose his ERA to 2.63 on the season.
National's starter Livan Hernandez picked up his sixth win of the season as he shut down the Braves in six innings of work, allowing just one run on six hits while striking out three batters. Drew Storen recorded his 27th save of the season after pitching one inning, allowing one run on two hits.
Ankiel led the game off with his first career leadoff home run in the first inning to put the Nationals up 1-0.
Atlanta answered quickly as Dan Uggla hit his team-leading 21st home run of the season in the second inning to tie the score at 1-1. In the bottom of the second, with runners at the corners, Hernandez knocked in Jayson Werth from third to put the Nationals up for good.
Ankiel hit his fifth home run of the season and second in the game in the fifth inning, while Laynce Nix and Ian Desmond each drove in a run in the sixth inning to push the lead to 5-1.
Atlanta closed the gap to 5-2 after a David Ross home run in the seventh inning and Uggla pulled the score within two in the ninth inning with his second home run of the game and 22nd of the season but the Braves were unable to rally.
Uggla extended his hitting streak to 23 games and rose his season average to .212 after going 3-for-4 in the game with two home runs, two RBI and two runs scored. Ross finished the game 1-for-4 with his fifth home run of the season and one RBI, while the newly-aquired Michael Bourn was 1-for-4 at the plate out of the leadoff spot in his first game in an Atlanta Braves' uniform. First baseman Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a single in the fourth inning.
The Braves will look to veteran Derek Lowe (6-9, 4.53 ERA) on Tuesday as the Nationals send John Lannan (7-7, 3.63 ERA) to the mound in the second game of the three-game series at 7:05 p.m.
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