MLB: Washington 5, Atlanta 4

ATLANTA, June 29 (UPI) -- Michael Morse went 4-for-4 Friday and his solo homer in the eighth put the Washington Nationals in front on their way to a 5-4 victory over Atlanta.

The Nationals let a four-run lead get away when the Braves scored four times in the seventh, but Morse hit the first pitch of the eighth inning from Chad Durbin (3-1) over the wall in right for the game-winner.


Washington won for the third time in four games, building its early lead on an RBI single by starting pitcher Ross Detwiler in the second, a two-run base hit by Ian Desmond in the third and a solo homer from Jesus Flores in the fourth.

Atlanta's four-run rally was finished off by a two-run shot by Andrelton Simmons.

The win went to Sean Burnett (1-1), who recorded the final out of the seventh and worked the eighth as well.

Tyler Clippard issued a one-out walk in the ninth before claiming his 13th save.

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