The Braves got an excellent pitching performance from Kris Medlen, who worked seven innings and didn't allow a run while scattering seven hits and striking out sever. Washington starter Ross Detwiler kept the Nationals in the game, surrendering just two runs on seven hits and a walk in 5.2 innings, but the 26-year-old took the loss.
Nationals reliever Tom Gorzelanny had a tough outing out of the bullpen, giving up three runs (one earned) in the ninth inning to blow the game open.
Atlanta's top three hitters set the table all night, with Martin Prado, Reed Johnson and Jason Heyward going a combined 5-for-12. Prado also drove in two runs with a fifth-inning double.
The only Nats player to have a multi-hit game was Ryan Zimmerman, who stroked two singles. Michael Morse picked up the lone Washington RBI, his 45th on the year.
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