Atlanta's road trip didn't get off to a good start, giving up five home runs to the Nats in the opening game of this weekend series, falling 9-2.
The Braves jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on Gio Gonzalez with a sacrifice fly in the first inning by Jonny Gomes, and a run-scoring double by Freddie Freeman in the third with some help from Denard Span. It looked to be the same story for Gonzalez against the Braves, but then the Nats started playing long ball.
Jayson Werth teed off on Eric Stults leading off the fourth inning; then in the sixth, Bryce Harper hit a wall-scraping homer the other way for a two-run shot and the lead they wouldn't relinquish. Meanwhile, Gonzalez set down 11 straight Braves from the third inning into the seventh and finished with eight strikeouts in seven innings.
Atlanta's offense managed just three base runners after the third inning, while more homers were to come for the Nats. The Braves' beleaguered bullpen got shelled with three more dingers: Danny Espinosa took Brandon Cunniff deep for a solo shot in the seventh; Bryce Harper launched a three-run shot, his second homer of the game, off the debuting Williams Perez in the eighth, and Espinosa added his second homer as well, a two-run shot off Trevor Cahill. Harper finished with five RBI and his second straight multi-HR game.