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MLB: Washington 8, Atlanta 4

May 26, 2012 at 7:38 PM   |   Comments

ATLANTA, May 26 (UPI) -- Chad Tracy and Rick Ankiel each delivered a pinch-hit, run-scoring hits in the sixth inning Saturday, helping the Washington Nationals beat Atlanta 8-4.

With the score tied 4-4, Ian Desmond led off the sixth with a double off Kris Medlen (1-1) and scored the go-ahead run one out later when Tracy, batting for Tyler Moore, sliced a 1-0 pitch into the left-center field gap.

Pinch runner Edwin Jackson scored one batter later when Ankiel came up for starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (5-1) and stroked a triple.

Danny Espinoza belted a three-run homer for National League East-leading Washington, which logged its fifth win in six games.

Strasburg surrendered four runs on six hits over five frames, allowing four walks while striking out six.

Dan Uggla socked a two-run homer for the third-place Braves, who fell three games behind the Nationals in the NL East.

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