WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ben Sheets pitched six shutout innings, Brian
McCann and Chipper Jones homered and the Atlanta Braves beat the
Washington Nationals 4-0 on Saturday in the opening game of a
Outdueling Nationals starter Edwin Jackson (5-6), Sheets (2-0)
extended his scoreless innings streak to 12 in his return after
missing last season because of Tommy John surgery on his right
elbow. The victory pushed the Braves' winning streak to three and
moved them within 1 1/2 games of the NL East-leading Nationals.
The Nationals have lost three straight, including the series
opener Friday night, blowing a 9-0 lead before falling 11-10 in 11
Washington removed Bryce Harper from the lineup after two
innings for precautionary reasons after the 19-year-old fouled a
bunt off his left ankle.
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