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After giving up Heyward’s solo shot, Hernandez settled into a groove, retiring 16 of the 17 batters he faced the rest of the way, including 15 in a row. He got some help from Werth, who made a sliding catch of Alex Gonzalez’s sinking liner in the fifth.

NOTES: Hernandez allowed four hits and two runs in 6 2-3 innings. … Fredi Gonzalez got a good-luck phone call from Cox about five hours before Thursday’s game. His debut as a major league manager also came against the Nationals, a 9-2 victory for his Florida Marlins at Washington’s RFK Stadium on April 2, 2007. … After Friday’s day off, the series resumes Saturday, with Atlanta RHP Tommy Hanson facing Washington LHP John Lannan. On Sunday, the Braves are scheduled to start RHP Tim Hudson against RHP Jordan Zimmermann. … Before Thursday’s game, the Nationals selected the contracts of INF Alex Cora, RHP Chad Gaudin, OF Laynce Nix and pinch-hitter Matt Stairs. They also released RHP Joe Bisenius, RHP Tim Wood and OF Jonathan Van Every.