After jumping out to an early 6-0 lead, Atlanta held on to avoid a sweep and beat the Nationals 6-4.
The Braves got their offense going in the first inning, as Michael Bourn led off with a single against Chien-Ming Wang to start the game. Bourn then recorded his first stolen base as a Brave and his 40th overall on the season as he stole second.
Atlanta added to its lead in the fifth inning, as Brandon Beachy reached and moved up to second on a throwing error from Wang to begin the inning. Jose Constanza singled to right field, putting runners on first and third for Bourn.
Bourn grounded to second, and the Nationals got the force out at second but a good take-out slide from Constanza allowed Bourn to reach. Beachy decided not to go home on the play.
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Prado followed with a grounder to Ryan Zimmerman at third, Beachy ran on contact but was thrown out at the plate as Prado reached on the fielders choice. With runners on first and second, Freeman singled to center, allowing Bourn to come in and score from second to make it a 3-0 game in favor of Atlanta.
Uggla then crushed a Wang slider into the left field stands for a three-run homer to up the Braves lead to 6-0.
Wang was done after the fifth inning, finishing with a line of 5 IP, 7 H, 6 R ( 2 earned), 1 BB, 0 K.
After five really good innings, Beachy lost his breaking ball and fell apart in the sixth inning. A walk to Danny Espinosa and a single from Zimmerman put runners on first and second with no one out. A wild pitch on a breaking ball allowed the runners to advance to second and third. Michael Morse singled to center, scoring Espinosa and putting runners on first and third to make it a 6-1 game.
Another wild pitch on a breaking ball allowed Zimmerman to score, cutting the Nationals deficit to 6-2. Jayson Werth followed with a gigantic two-run homer to left, making it a 6-4 game.
Beachy left after facing Werth, finishing with a line of 5 IP, 7 H, 4 runs (earned), 1 BB, and 4 K.
O'Flaherty pitched a scoreless seventh, and full fledged O'Ventbrel was engaged. Jonny Venters struck out two in the bottom of the eighth, and Craig Kimbrel struck out a pair as well to notch his 32nd save.