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Hanson strikes out nine in Braves' win

ATLANTA - Rookie Tommy Hanson struck out nine in 6 2-3 innings and the surging Atlanta Braves won again, routing the Nationals 8-1 to snap Washington's eight-game winning streak Tuesday night.

The Braves have won four straight, six of seven and 16 of 25 since the All-Star break, a stretch that has made them a factor in the NL playoff race. Atlanta started the sweltering night 41/2 games behind NL East-leading Philadelphia, which visits Turner Field this weekend.

Hanson (7-2) had his second-most strikeouts since being called up from Triple-A in early June, surpassed only by an 11-strikeout effort against San Francisco on July 20. He allowed seven hits and didn't walk anyone.

Chipper Jones, back in the Atlanta lineup after missing three straight games with a strained oblique muscle, hit a mammoth homer that reached the second section of seats in right field.

The Nationals' eight straight wins were the second-longest streak since the franchise moved to Washington four years ago, surpassed only by a 10-game run in June 2005.

Washington jumped ahead in the first inning, even though Hanson struck out the side. Nyjer Morgan led off with a single, stole second and scored on Ryan Zimmerman's one-out single, which extended his hitting streak to 14 games.

The Braves tied it in the second and broke it open with a three-run fifth that knocked out Lannan.

John Lannan went 42/3 innings for the Nationals.