Jerome Williams kept the Nationals in the game for five innings as the right-hander allowed only two runs. The Nats cut the lead to two in the eighth on an RBI double from Ryan Church and a two-run single off the bat of Ronnie Belliard, but didn't get any closer.
Left-hander Chuck James put forth his second straight stellar outing of 2007, tossing six scoreless innings and striking out five. Chipper Jones got the Braves on the board with a two-run homer in the first, and Andruw Jones added a three-run bomb in the seventh.
a-Flied out for Bowie in the 7th. b-Flied out for Wagner in the 8th.
BATTING 2B: Young (4, Soriano), Church (5, Soriano). TB: Lopez 2; Casto; Young 2; Kearns; Church 4; Belliard 3. RBI: Church (5), Belliard 2 (2). Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Williams 3; Kearns. Team LOB: 11.
BASERUNNING CS: Lopez (1, 3rd base by James/McCann).
FIELDING E: Williams (1, throw). DP: 2 (Young-Schneider, Zimmerman-Belliard-Young).
a-Struck out for Gonzalez in the 7th. b-Singled for Soriano in the 8th.
BATTING 2B: Johnson (2, Rauch). HR: Jones, C (1, 1st inning off Williams, 1 on, 1 out), Jones, A (2, 7th inning off Wagner, 2 on, 2 out). TB: Johnson 2; Renteria 3; Jones, C 5; Jones, A 4; McCann; Francoeur; Thorman; Langerhans; Diaz. RBI: Jones, C 2 (2), Jones, A 3 (5), Johnson 2 (5), Renteria (6). 2-out RBI: Jones, A 3; Johnson 2; Renteria. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Renteria 2. GIDP: Johnson; Jones, A. Team LOB: 7.