Nobody wanted to hold a lead in this one, but the Braves managed to hold one for one inning, and it was enough. The Nats led 1-0 and 3-2, while the Braves led 2-1, 4-3, and 6-4. In the end, the Braves won a game in which Tommy Hanson didn’t have his best stuff and Jason Heyward left the game with a sore groin after one at-bat.
After falling behind 1-0 in the first, the Braves took the lead on a two-out two-run homer by Omar Infante. The Nats took it right back in the bottom of the second, only for the Braves to tie it in the third and take the lead in the fifth. Tied up again in the bottom of the inning, the Braves came back with two in the sixth to make it 6-4.
Saito, however, couldn’t hold the lead, giving up two runs in the eighth. After nobody could score in the ninth, Glaus led off the tenth with a single and was pinch-run for by Brandon Hicks. Melky bunted Hicks to second, and Diaz singled him in. Wagner allowed a leadoff single in the bottom of the inning but held on for the save.
Chipper seems to be coming out of it, going 2-3 with a double and two walks (one intentional). If Heyward misses any real time (he expects to miss tonight’s game only) they’ll need Chipper to heat up even more.