WASHINGTON (AP) -Jason Bergmann took a bid for a no-hitter into the eighth inning and got his first major league win as a starter, leading the Washington Nationals over the Atlanta Braves 2-1 on Monday night.
Bergmann cruised through the first seven innings but Brian McCann hit a leadoff homer in the eighth. The right-hander responded by retiring the next three to get out of the inning.
He came out for the ninth inning and departed after pinch-hitter Matt Diaz singled. Jesus Colome got two outs before Edgar Renteria singled to bring up Andruw Jones, who struck out after being ahead 3-0. It was Colome's first save of the season.
Bergmann (1-3) struck out 10 and walked one to get his first win since Sept. 15, 2005, and first in 15 major league starts.
The Nationals have won four straight, all at home, following an eight-game skid on the road.
John Smoltz, who turns 40 on Tuesday, pitched well for the Braves before he hurt his pitching hand tagging Austin Kearns during a rundown in the bottom of the seventh. Smoltz (5-2) worked 6 2-3 innings, allowing two runs and four hits. He walked two and struck out five in his first loss since April 12, also against Washington.
Pirates 7, Marlins 0
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Tom Gorzelanny limited slumping Florida to five singles over seven shutout innings, outpitching Dontrelle Willis.
The Marlins began the game leading the NL with 136 extra-base hits, but didn't have one against Gorzelanny (5-2), who struck out five, walked none and has allowed only one run combined in his last two starts.
Freddy Sanchez went 4-for-5 with two RBIs. Ronny Paulino hit a long solo home run in the sixth, his fourth of the season, and the Pirates added five runs against Florida's bullpen in the eighth.
Willis (5-3) allowed five hits and two runs, walking four in six innings. The Marlins lost their fourth straight.
Phillies 8, Brewers 6
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Pinch-hitter Wes Helms hit a tiebreaking single during a six-run eighth inning to rally Philadelphia past Milwaukee.
Pat Burrell hit a two-run homer, Chase Utley had a key two-run single and the Phillies won for the fourth time in five games. They're 14-9 since a 4-11 start.
J.J. Hardy his NL-leading 12th homer and Johnny Estrada also connected, but the Brewers' stellar bullpen blew a four-run lead in the eighth. Derrick Turnbow (1-1) took the loss, allowing four runs and four hits in 2-3 of an inning.
Clay Condrey (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth and Brett Myers finished for his fourth save in four chances.

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