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Mark this day, Nationals in first

The Washington Nationals moved down the map geographically and up in the standings. Jose Vidro led off the 10th inning with a homer, leading the Nationals to their second straight win, 5-4, over the Phillies yesterday in Philadelphia.

Vidro had three RBIs and Brad Wilkerson continued his torrid hitting, going 4 for 5 a day after hitting for his second career cycle in going 4 for 4. Washington completed its first series by winning two of three. Though 159 games remain, the Nationals are tied for first in the East with Atlanta after the Braves beat the Marlins last night.

Braves 4, Marlins 2 -- In Miami, Tim Hudson lasted just five innings in his Atlanta debut, but that was long enough to earn the victory against Florida.

A throwing error by Gold Glove second baseman Luis Castillo led to two Atlanta runs. Braves backup catcher Eddie Perez hit an RBI double off A.J. Burnett (0-1).

Hudson, a former 20-game winner acquired in a trade after six years with Oakland, allowed six hits and four walks but just one run. He stranded seven runners, induced two double plays, and helped himself with a run-scoring single for his second career RBI.

Padres 1, Pirates 0 -- Xavier Nady, held out of the starting lineup because of strep throat, drew a bases-loaded walk in the 12th in San Diego's home opening win. Nady, who started in center field in San Diego's first two games, became ill Wednesday night after a win at Colorado.

He came in to play center in the 10th and popped up weakly to the catcher with runners on first and second.

In the 12th, he drew four straight balls from Rick White (0-1). Ryan Klesko started the winning rally with a single to center off the top of shortstop Freddy Sanchez's glove and went to second on Ramon Hernandez's single.

Both advanced on Khalil Greene's sacrifice bunt. Sean Burroughs was intentionally walked to load the bases.

Dodgers 6, Giants 0 -- Jeff Weaver pitched eight sharp innings and added an RBI single to lead Los Angeles at San Francisco.

Jeff Kent had three hits, drove in a run, and scored twice against his former team, and Jason Phillips hit a run-scoring single.

Weaver, who went 2-3 in six starts against San Francisco last season and led the Dodgers with three exhibition wins this spring, struck out two and walked one.

Reds 6, Mets 1 -- Aaron Harang allowed only one single in 6 1/3 innings, and D'Angelo Jimenez had a pinch two-run double off Kazuhisa Ishii that gave Cincinnati a three-game sweep of visiting New York.

With a combined four-hitter, the Reds improved to 3-0 for the first time since 1990, when they won their first nine and swept Oakland in the World Series.

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