Braves Vs. Nationals Recap: Atlanta Rallies For 3-2 Win

Despite jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, the Washington Nationals could not hold off the Atlanta Braves who downed the Nats 3-2 at Nationals Park Sunday afternoon.

Steve Lombardozzi and Bryce Harper led off the game with back-to-back home runs, but the Nats offense fell silent afterwards. They mustered just four hits off of Atlanta the rest of the afternoon. Braves starter Tommy Hanson settled down after being shaky for the first two batters, going seven innings and striking out six.

Gio Gonzalez had a rare lapse on the mound today for the Nats, going just 4.2 innings and allowing seven hits and three earned runs. Gonzalez's start was plagued by timely hitting from the Braves, as Dan Uggla pulled the Braves within a run with an RBI double in the third inning. In the fifth, Jason Heyward gave the Braves the lead with a two-run single.

Eric O'Flaherty and Craig Kimbrel came out of the bullpen to preserve the victory for the Braves.

For more Nationals coverage and conversation, visit Federal Baseball, SB Nation's Nats blog. For the Braves perspective, check out Talking Chop. For news and updates from the Nationals series against Atlanta, stay tuned to this StoryStream from SB Nation DC. Still not enough baseball for you? Head on over to SB Nation's MLB Hub Page, Baseball Nation, for all the latest news from all 30 MLB teams.

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