Derek Lowe struck out a career high 12 batters to help the Braves to a 4-0 win over the Nationals Monday night at Turner Field. Lowe allowed six hits and didn’t walk a batter in his eight innings of work. Billy Wagner pitched a perfect ninth to seal the shutout and the Braves win.
Atlanta remains one game behind Philadelphia in the N.L. East standings. The Phillies beat the Marlins 11-4 Monday night in Miami. The Braves lead San Francisco by a game and half in the Wild Card race. The Rockies, who always seem to surge this time of year, have pulled within 3 ½ games of the Wild Card.