The Braves took a 2-0 lead in the first off of our old friend Livan Hernandez. Prado led off with a single, and Heyward followed with a double down the right-field line. Chipper scored Prado with a flyout, Heyward going to third. After McCann walked, the Braves almost blew their chance at a second run. Eric Hinske struck out on a 3-2 pitch with McCann going; Brian, who was obviously dead if he continued, halted to get into a rundown. Heyward took off for the plate and scored, with McCann going to second after all, the first Braves steal of home in ten years.
Prado, Heyward, and Chipper combined for another run in the fifth, going double-walk-single. That chased Livan, and the Braves couldn’t do anything against the Nats’ bullpen. The run was erased in the bottom of the inning, when Hudson allowed a two-out single to score a run; he only got out of the inning, after a further single, on a comebacker that hit him but he was able to retrieve and throw to first in time.
Hudson did pitch well, seven and two-thirds with seven hits and as many strikeouts, and only walked the last man he faced in the game. He got some good defense, in particular a 3-6-3 GIDP in the third with runners at the corners and one out. Jonny Venters came in to get Adam Dunn to finish the eighth, and Billy Wagner recovered to get the Nats 1-2-3 in the ninth.