When the opposing pitcher has two hits and two RBI, chances are the end result is not good. That was the case in this game, and John Lannan kept the Braves at bay for 5.2 innings of the Nationals' 5-2 win.
Tommy Hanson entered the game on a five-game winning streak, but immediately ran into trouble in the second inning. Michael Morse led off the inning with a double and Wilson Ramos followed with one of his own to score Morse. Hanson loaded the bases with walks to Rick Ankiel and Ian Desmond and then Lannan, 0 for 32 as a hitter this season, singled to score a pair of runs.
Alex Gonzalez cut the lead to one with a two-run homer in the bottom of the second, but no other Braves hitter could cross home against Lannan or Washington's bullpen. A chance to tie the game in the third inning went for naught when Jordan Schafer hit a bloop double leading off, but was thrown out trying to advance to third on a groundout.
Ramos capped the scoring with a two-run homer in the sixth, and Lannan's second hit of the game two batters later was the end for Hanson; he lasted only 5.1 innings despite eight strikeouts.
Drew Storen retired the Braves in order in the ninth for the save.