The Braves finally beat the Nats. It wasn’t easy, and it didn’t start off well. Tommy Hanson allowed homers to the first two batters of the game. But after that, he was swell, allowing just four more hits, striking out six, and walking no one in seven innings.
He had to be good, because the Braves couldn’t do much on offense. In the third, Dan Uggla cut it to 2-1 with a two-out double to score Martin Prado. In the fifth, the Braves loaded the bases with two out, and for once came through with a hit, Jason Heyward singling home Michael Bourn and Uggla.
Eric O’Flaherty pitched the eighth, and walked the first two men he faced, but got a double play and a flyout to get out of the jam. Craig Kimbrel had no such worries, striking out the side in the ninth.
Andrelton Simmons had a double in the second for his first career hit.