Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals Series Recap

ATLANTA - JULY 17: Turner Field is shown during the game between the Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals on July 17, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Three down, 17 more to go on this stretch of 20 games in 20 days. The first post-break series was a good one for the Braves, winning two out of three from the Nationals. The Braves gained no ground in the division, but have a five-game lead in the Wild Card.

The Braves became the fifth franchise to win 10,000 games with Friday's victory. They join the Cardinals, Cubs, Dodgers and Giants in the exclusive club. The overall franchise record currently stands at 10,001 - 9,993.

Martin Prado returned from the DL with a bang. He recorded two hits, including a home run, in Friday's 11-1 win. He was 3 for 14 overall in the series.

Dan Uggla extended his hitting streak to nine games. He was 3 for 10 with three walks in the series and is 11 for 32 (.344) during the hitting streak. He raised his batting average from .173 to .189. Please keep this up.

Jordan Schafer was 3 for 10 with three walks and five runs scored; he also swiped two bases in Sunday's win. Now that Prado is back in the lineup, if Schafer can get on base at a more consistent basis, the Braves offense can be a run-scoring machine.

Despite his rough outing Sunday when he gave up six runs in five innings, Jair Jurrjens still leads the NL in ERA at 2.26.

The eight hits and five runs Tommy Hanson allowed Saturday were both season highs for him. His 5.1 innings pitched was his shortest outing since May 27. The Braves have lost all three of Hanson's starts against Washington this year and Hanson is 0-2 in those starts. His 2.73 ERA is still sixth in the NL.

Nate McLouth hit his first home run since May 14 on Sunday and Alex Gonzalez hit his first since June 10 on Saturday. Alex's OBP still sucks, though.

NEXT UP:

The Braves start a seven-game road trip against the Rockies on Monday.

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