– MLB – Box Score – Braves at Nationals

The Vulture got the start, and he was masterful with five innings of one-hit, one-walk baseball. Another starter would have gone another two innings; Villareal threw only 65 pitches, 46 of them for strikes, and struck out four. He’s certainly going to stay in the rotation for another turn. Villareal is probably better-suited for starting anyway (and his best work has been in long relief) since he has four pitches none of which are overpowering.

McCann got the scoring started with a solo homer leading off the second. (He hit cleanup with Andruw still resting. Hopefully Andruw will be able to stretch his legs on the plane ride to Florida.) The Braves put three across in the fifth as Marcus singled home Diaz and Langerhans, got to second on the throw home, and scored on a single as Renteria broke out of his slump. (Marcus apparently should have been called out. Oh, well.) Renteria scored Langerhans with a single in the seventh to make it 5-0; after going 0-24 he had hits in his last three plate appearances. Langerhans walked four times, or as many times as Francoeur does in two months.

Paronto pitched the sixth, Baez pitched two scoreless innings, and Wickman had two strikeouts in a perfect ninth for the Atlanta Save.