Derek Lowe did a little bit of everything tonight as Atlanta got back on the winning track with a 3-1 victory over Washington.
Atlanta got things going in the bottom of the second inning, as Chipper Jones launched his 450th career home run into the stands just left of dead center field. Jones' homer off Nationals starter John Lannan gave the Braves an early 1-0 lead.
The Braves kept the offense going in third inning, as Lowe led off with his first career home run to left field to make it a 2-0 game.
Two batters later, Martin Prado walked and advanced to second on a passed ball. Prado moved up to third on a groundout and scored on a Dan Uggla infield single. Uggla's RBI single upped the Atlanta lead to 3-0.
The rest after the jump.
Lowe gave up his only run of the night in the seventh inning when Mike Morse led off the inning with a home run to center field. Morse's homer, his 24th of the season, cut the Braves lead to 3-1.
Morse would be the last batter Lowe faced, and he left after giving only three hits and the one run while walking only two and striking out six in what was a great outing from Lowe.
Eric O'Flaherty finished out the rest of the seventh inning without incident, and Jonny Venters threw a scoreless eighth inning.
Craig Kimbrel entered to pitch the ninth on the brink of history, and was lights out as usual. Kimbrel struck out two of the three batters he faced to earn his 41st save.
The save tonight gives Kimbrel the record for most saves by a rookie in a season, a record previously held by Neftali Feliz. It's even more impressive considering there is still a month left in the regular season.
Of note, Matt Diaz went 2-3 in his first game back in a Braves uniform.
WP: Derek Lowe (9-12)
LP: John Lannan (8-11) 7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K.
SV: Craig Kimbrel (41)