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Nationals on the Road

John E De Freitas. | 7/9/2009, 5:57 a.m.

The Washington Nationals defeated the Atlanta Braves, 5-3, in front of 23,708 fans at Nationals Park on Sat., July 4. The highlight of the game was Adam Dunn hitting his 300th home run.

€What made it special [later on] was the way we won the game,€ Dunn said.

€That was awesome in the eighth inning. The way the crowd got into it. I don't know how many people were here. But from the seventh inning on, it was very loud and energetic. They made it great. It was awesome.€

€It says a lot about the way the team battled back,€ Nationals manager Manny Acta said.

€They have been doing it the whole season. Forget about the record, these guys play hard. They put together good at-bats.€

The Nationals have won three straight home games on Sat., July 4, and improved to 3-2 on Independence Day since baseball returned to the nation€s capital in 2005. After the series with the Braves, the Nationals headed west for a three-game series with the Colorado Rockies.

Washington Nationals€ left fielder Adam Dunn is congratulated after hitting his 300th home run from teammate Josh Willingham, while Atlanta Braves catcher David Ross looks on. Photo by John E De Freitas - WI Sports Photo Editor
Atlanta Braves catcher David Ross makes a joke with Washington Nationals left fielder Adam Dunn early in the game.Photo by John E De Freitas - WI Sports Photo Editor
Atlanta Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson allowed just one run on three hits and five walks in a career-high 7.0 innings. Hanson had his consecutive scoreless innings streak halted at 26 when he surrendered Adam Dunn€s 300th career homer in the seventh inning. €It was just over the plate,€ Hanson said. €It was supposed to be a fastball inside, but I left it over the plate, and he let me know. That's really the only one that hurt me.€Photo by John E De Freitas - WI Sports Photo Editor
Washington Nationals€ left fielder Adam Dunn is congratulated after hitting his 300th home run from teammate Josh Willingham, while Atlanta Braves catcher David Ross looks onPhoto by John E De Freitas - WI Sports Photo Editor