Maxwell’s grand slam leads Nats to series win in Atlanta

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“It was my fault,” Minor said. “I threw him two fastballs right there. The second one, he got. It was more middle in. That’s what he’s looking for in that situation.”

Mike Morse had a one-out double to center, Wilson Ramos singled and Alberto Gonzalez fell behind 0-1 before taking four straight balls.

Minor’s ERA climbed from 5.63 to 5.84 as he gave up four or more runs for the third straight start. He allowed four hits in five innings, and struck out six.

Troy Glaus walked in the fourth, moved to third on a double by Matt Diaz and scored on Melky Cabrera’s groundout. Martin Prado’s fifth-inning single drove in Omar Infante, who led off with a double.

Atlanta wasted scoring chances in the sixth and seventh innings.

Lannan struck out David Ross with runners on first and second to end the sixth.

In the seventh, pinch-hitter Eric Hinske was credited with a leadoff double when centerfielder Nyjer Morgan lost the ball in the sun. Hinske was stranded at third when Burnett struck out Prado.

“It was one of those days that didn’t go our way,” Cox said.

NOTES: Atlanta lost two of three to the Phillies from April 20-22. … Riggleman said he isn’t sure when Morgan will hear the determination of his appeal of seven- and eight-game suspensions. … Prado had three hits and leads the NL with 57 multihit games.

 

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