Braves score four in the first; B.J., Freeman homer for 6-3 win over Nationals

Mike Zarrilli

Atlanta pounded out 13 hits in support of Alex Wood, who earned his second win of the season.

Alex Wood didn't have his best stuff, but he pitched well enough to win and the Braves offense had a very profitable first inning in beating the Nationals 6-3.

Anthony Rendon's 11-game hitting streak ended last night, so he immediately went to work on a new one, leading off the game with a home run off Wood. The Atlanta offense, though, didn't take long to answer. B.J. Upton hit his first home run of the year in the bottom of the first off Nats starter Taylor Jordan to tie the score; Freddie Freeman then singled; one out later, Justin Upton, Dan Uggla and Evan Gattis each followed with RBI hits to take a 4-1 lead after just one inning.

Wood held the Nats to one run in five innings, but he didn't make it easy. He had a lot of deep counts, and limited the damage with help from Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman on the bases. Harper was picked off second base to end the fourth inning and Zimmerman likewise in the fifth with one out. Zimmerman injured his right thumb diving back to second and had to leave the game.

Atlanta tacked on another run in the fifth on Dan Uggla's second hit of the game, but squandered a bases loaded opportunity while Washington capitalized on a pair of four-pitch walks by Anthony Varvaro in the sixth, scoring a second run on a very wild pitch.

Washington cut into the lead further in the eighth following Ian Desmond's leadoff double that, oddly enough, was stuck under the outfield wall again, and then an RBI single by Sandy Leon, but Freddie Freeman hit a wall scraper of a home run to left in the home half to put any thoughts of a comeback out of reach.

Craig Kimbrel sealed the win with only a single strikeout in the ninth.

This wasn't a great game for Chris Johnson, who struck out four times. Freeman, Gattis, and Justin each had three hits.

Win Expectancy

Source: FanGraphs

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