WASHINGTON - Rick Ankiel kept up his sudden power surge, hitting a grand slam off Derek Lowe that sent the Washington Nationals over the Atlanta Braves 9-3 Tuesday night for their fourth straight win.
Ankiel connected for his sixth home run of the season. He homered twice Monday night against the Braves.
Ankiel's shot highlighted a five-run burst in the fourth inning against Lowe (6-10) that put Washington ahead 6-3.
Ian Desmond hit a two-run homer in the fifth that finished Lowe. The Braves righty lost his third straight and gave up eight runs - seven earned - the most he had allowed since June 7, 2010.