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Game: 1
Venue: Turner Field
Date: July 15, 2011 7:35 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) - The Washington Nationals don't want to let one bad game make them forget the advances they made before the All-Star break.

Livan Hernandez lasted only four innings and the Nationals matched their season high with five errors in Friday night's 11-1 loss to Tim Hudson and the Atlanta Braves.


It was an ugly return after the Nationals took a .500 record into the break.

``It looked like we were a little rusty,' Washington manager Davey Johnson said. ``We didn't play too good. We didn't pitch too good.

``It's just one game.'

First baseman Michael Morse had three errors, two more than he committed all season.

Martin Prado was had two hits, including a homer, in his return from five weeks on the disabled list to lead the Braves, who earned their 10,000th win in franchise history. They also played in Boston and Milwaukee.

Hernandez (5-9) gave up six runs, three earned, eight hits and a walk in four innings. He said he was hurt by ``a lot of bloopers.'

``The only hard ball they hit, Prado hit it out,' Hernandez said, referring to Martin Prado's fourth-inning homer.

Hernandez was hurt by poor defense in Atlanta's four-run first inning. Morse bobbled Jordan Schafer's grounder and then made a wild throw, allowing Schafer to move to second.

``That was a tough ball; it hit hard off his chest,' Johnson said.

``They were all physical errors. I don't worry about those. Our defense has been outstanding.'

After Jason Heyward walked, Freddie Freeman drove in Schafer with a single. Heyward scored on Dan Uggla's double past third baseman Ryan Zimmerman. Shortstop Ian Desmond bobbled a grounder by David Ross, allowing Freeman to score, before Nate McLouth added a run-scoring single.

Ross hit a ground-rule double and scored on Hudson's two-out single in the third. Prado's homer in the fourth pushed the lead to 6-1.

The Braves sent nine batters to the plate in the first and sixth innings. They scored three in the sixth, including RBI singles by Prado and Heyward. Zimmerman couldn't handle Uggla's grounder off Ross Detwiler for Washington's fifth error, allowing Prado to score.

Prado, a 2010 All-Star, had been out since June 8 with a staph infection in his right calf.

He played left field, third base and designated hitter in his eight games rehabbing in the minors. He returned to Atlanta's as the fill-in at third base for Chipper Jones, who is expected to miss at least two weeks following minor knee surgery.

Prado led off the fourth with his ninth homer and added a run-scoring single in the sixth.

``Rehabbing, I was taking pitches,' he said. ``I wasn't worried about hitting the ball. I was trying to get my strike zone and have a plan. Tonight I was trying to be more aggressive.'

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Prado is ``such a pro.'

``He made some good plays at third base, also,' Gonzalez said.

Hudson (9-6) gave up one run and seven hits in seven innings and had two hits, including a double. He has won four straight decisions.

Freeman drove in three runs with two hits, including a two-run double in the seventh. The Braves had 13 hits.

Braves right-hander Scott Linebrink struck out Wilson Ramos with the bases loaded to end the eighth.

NOTES: Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said RHP Stephen Strasburg, recovering from elbow surgery, ``could get a major league start in September.' Strasburg had his surgery on Sept. 3, 2010. ... The Braves signed LHP Sean Gilmartin, the team's first-round draft pick from Florida State, for a bonus of $1,134,000. ... The Braves optioned INF Brandon Hicks to Triple-A Gwinnett. ... The Nationals also committed five errors on June 28, at the Angels. ... The Braves trail only the Giants (10,489) and Cubs (10,277) in wins in the major leagues, according to information provided to the team by the Elias Sports Bureau. The Braves franchise began in Boston in 1876.

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