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Hanson helps Braves beat Nationals 11-5

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tommy Hanson pitched seven innings for his 11th win, Yunel Escobar drove in three runs and the Atlanta Braves beat the Washington Nationals 11-5 on Saturday for their fifth consecutive victory.

Atlanta pulled within three games of NL wild card-leading Colorado, which was scheduled to play St. Louis later in the day.

The Braves (84-70) have won 13 of 15 to move to a season-high 14 games over .500. They're 50-30 since June 27.

Hanson (11-4) allowed four hits and four runs - three of them on Mike Morse's pinch-hit homer.

The impressive rookie, who made his major league debut on June 7, struck out seven and walked one.

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