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Stammen lifts Nationals past Braves 7-2
Atlanta Braves starter Derek Lowe works in the first inning a baseball game against the Washington Nationals Tuesday, June 29, 2010 in Atlanta. - photo by Associated Press

ATLANTA — Craig Stammen, called up from the minors earlier in the day, pitched 7 1-3 strong innings to lead the Washington Nationals past the Atlanta Braves 7-2 on Tuesday night.

Josh Willingham hit a two-run homer, Ryan Zimmerman had a two-run double and Alberto Gonzalez had four hits as the Nationals snapped a five-game losing streak.

Stammen was sent to the minors with a 5.43 ERA on June 6 to clear room for rookie Stephen Strasburg, who lost to the Braves 5-0 on Monday night. He was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse for the start, and allowed five hits, struck out four and walked two.

Stammen (2-2) ended streaks of nine straight starts without a win this year and 10 straight road starts without a win. The right-hander's last road win came on July 11, 2009, at Houston.

Derek Lowe (9-6) gave up eight hits and four runs in 5 2-3 innings for the NL East-leading Braves, who began the day 1½ games ahead of the New York Mets.

Stammen left the game after giving up back-to-back doubles to Martin Prado and Melky Cabrera with one out in the eighth. Sean Burnett struck out Chipper Jones and ended the inning on Brian McCann's groundout.

Jones, McCann, Troy Glaus and Eric Hinske were a combined 0 for 16 as Atlanta's Nos. 3-6 hitters.

Lowe shut down the Nationals until the fifth, when Zimmerman's two-run double was the big hit in a three-run inning. Nyjer Morgan had a single to drive in a run.

Alberto Gonzalez had a run-scoring single in the sixth, and Willingham greeted reliever Peter Moylan with a two-run homer in the seventh.

Martin Prado drove in Gregor Blanco with a triple in the third for Atlanta's first run.

Strasburg's first start in Atlanta drew a crowd of 42,889, the Braves' second-biggest total of the season. One night later, attendance at Turner Field fell to 19,045.

NOTES: Braves OF Matt Diaz was activated from the 15-day disabled list. He replaced rookie OF Jason Heyward, who was placed on the 15-day DL on Monday with a sore right thumb. Diaz returned from thumb surgery and struck out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth. ... The Nationals placed RHP Tyler Walker on the 15-day DL, retroactive to June 20, with a shoulder sprain to clear a spot for Stammen.