MLB: Washington 5, Atlanta 3

Aug. 1, 2011 at 9:51 PM
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WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Rick Ankiel smacked two homers and Livan Hernandez pitched six effective innings Monday in the Washington Nationals' 5-3 decision over Atlanta.

Ankiel's first blast, a solo shot in the first inning, put the Nats ahead to stay and his second long ball in the fifth gave Washington a 3-1 advantage.

Hernandez (6-10) yielded only one run on six hits. He didn't issue any walks and struck out three as he broke a personal five-game winless streak. The right-hander tossed 55 of his 81 pitches for strikes.

Todd Coffey and Ryan Mattheus each registered a shutout inning of relief and Drew Storen racked up his 27th save despite allowing a ninth-inning run on Dan Uggla's second solo homer of the game.

Uggla finished 3-for-4 for the Braves, who dropped the opener of a three-game road series.

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