ATLANTA - Washington relied on its offense for its second straight win over Atlanta, leaving manager Davey Johnson feeling relaxed and happy.
ATLANTA - Rick Ankiel hit a two-run triple in Washington's four-run first inning, Ryan Zimmerman padded the lead with a three-run double in the seventh and the first-place Nationals beat the slumping Atlanta Braves, 7-4, on Friday night.
CINCINNATI - Memo to Reds' clubhouse staff: Buy more shaving cream. Fast.
CINCINNATI - Todd Frazier paused for an on-field interview after rounding the bases and got a face full of shaving cream from a Reds teammate.
CINCINNATI - All joking aside, Brandon Phillips' renewed power has more to do with his hamstring than his biceps.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Alex Cobb overcame early struggles and ended up with a most impressive performance.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Tommy Hanson pitched seven effective innings, Freddie Freeman drove in two runs and the Atlanta Braves beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 5-3, on Friday night.
ATLANTA - Brandon Beachy learned an important lesson in his first career shutout: The ninth inning is a blast.
ATLANTA - Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run homer and possibly saved two runs with a diving catch and the Miami Marlins beat the Braves, 8-4, on Wednesday night, adding another win to their impressive May record.
ATLANTA - Tim Hudson is making it easy to forget he missed most of the first month of the season recovering from back surgery.
ATLANTA - Brandon Phillips drove in the go-ahead run with a double off the centerfield wall and the Cincinnati Reds scored two runs off Jonny Venters in the eighth inning to beat the Atlanta Braves 3-1 on Monday night.
CHICAGO - Paul Maholm's rocky start with the Chicago Cubs is all but forgotten. After giving up 12 runs and 12 hits over eight innings in his first two outings, Maholm has more than settled down.
ATLANTA - Randall Delgado was good.
ATLANTA - John Mayberry Jr. doubled and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 4-2 on Tuesday night in the first meeting of the season between the NL East rivals.
ATLANTA - Streaking Alex Presley helped the Pirates finally provide tough-luck starter Erik Bedard some support and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Atlanta Braves 4-2 on Saturday night.
ATLANTA - A long rain delay and extra innings tested the Washington Nationals' mental and physical strength.
ATLANTA - Stephen Strasburg can't explain why he has struggled on the road this season.
SEATTLE - The Seattle Mariners handed Atlanta its eighth straight loss, with Dustin Ackley and Logan Morrison hitting home runs in the third inning to beat the Braves 7-3 Wednesday.
SEATTLE - When a team is struggling, even sure-handed players make mistakes.
SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres' previously inept offense has become resurgent and it's leading to more victories.
SAN DIEGO - Craig Kimbrel had no one to blame but himself.
ATLANTA - Pete Van Wieren, the bespectacled broadcaster who was part of the landmark team that carried Atlanta Braves games throughout the nation on Ted Turner's "SuperStation," died Saturday after a battle with cancer, the team said. He was 69.
SAN DIEGO - Mike Minor has had poor outings in three of his last four starts for the Atlanta Braves, meaning there's a good chance manager Fredi Gonzalez could pull him from the rotation.