The Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves were in a early, but crucial, three game series to get a jumpstart on their opponent. The Braves were looking for the sweep after winning games one and two of the series. But, behind six and one-third innings of one run ball from Taylor Jordan, the Nationals were able to prevail.
Jordan's only run of support came in the bottom of the first, when Jayson Werth singled and drove in Anthony Rendon. Jerry Blevins (1-0) came in relief of Jordan, and tossed an inning of shutout ball. Offensively, Ian Desmond hit a solo shot to give the Nationals the lead for good. Rafael Soriano shut the door on the Braves in the ninth.
The Braves managed eight hits off of Nationals pitching, but their only run came on a sacrifice fly from Dan Uggla. Alex Wood (0-1) tossed seven innings, but gave up the go-ahead home run to Desmond, giving him the loss. Andrelton Simmons added two hits for the Braves, who are now 4-2 on the season.
Nationals (4-2) 2, Braves (4-2) 1