Braves 3, Nationals 1


WASHINGTON – Wilson Betemit hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to lift Atlanta to the win.

The go-ahead homer came on a 1-2 pitch off Gary Majewski (1-1), Washington’s fourth pitcher. Atlanta wasn’t able to get anything going against starter Tony Armas Jr., who threw 6 1-3 scoreless innings and allowed only three singles.

Atlanta’s John Thomson gave up one run on consecutive doubles by Nick Johnson and Jose Guillen in the first inning.

Lance Cormier (1-1) threw a perfect seventh to get the win and Mike Remlinger got his first save of the season.


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