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MLB: Washington 7, Atlanta 4

May 25, 2012 at 10:55 PM

ATLANTA, May 25 (UPI) -- Ryan Zimmerman's three-run double in the seventh broke open a close game Friday and sent the Washington Nationals to a 7-4 triumph over Atlanta.

In a battle for the National League East lead, Washington handed the Braves their fifth consecutive setback.

Ian Desmond had a two-run single in the first and Rick Ankiel tripled in two more runs later in the inning to give Washington a quick start.

Atlanta, however, closed within 4-3, with Matt Diaz driving in a run on a third-inning single and then producing a two-run double in the fifth.

Washington then took control in the seventh against starter Braves' Tim Hudson (3-2).

Hudson walked pitcher Chien-Ming Wang with two out and went on to load the bases on a double by Stephen Lombardozzi and another walk to Bryce Harper.

That brought up Zimmerman, who doubled deep to center on an 0-2 pitch.

Wang, who had been on the disabled list since the start of the season with a hamstring pull, made his first appearance of the campaign. He got the win by throwing three innings of one-run relief.

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