Get out to a big lead and then try to hang on. It’s not like it’s symbolic of the season or anything.
The Braves jumped up 3-0 in the first, sending eight men to the plate. Dan Uggla singled in Michael Bourn, Freddie Freeman did likewise for Chipper Jones, and Uggla then scored on an error. The Nats got a run back in the second, a two-out single off of Tim Hudson.
But in the fifth, the Braves seemingly got a safe lead. Uggla doubled home Bourn, then Brian McCann doubled him home along with Chipper, and it was 6-1 while Tim Hudson was cruising.
And then suddenly he wasn’t. After getting the first out in the sixth, Hudson allowed hits to four of the next five batters and it was 6-3 with the tying run at the plate. Cristhian Martinez finished the inning.
Eric O’Flaherty allowed a two-out single in the seventh, but that was all. He never causes any trouble. The still clearly not-right Jonny Venters allowed a leadoff homer in the eighth, but that was all. And in the top of the ninth, the Braves stole a run when Bourn singled, stole second, and then got into a rundown on a Chipper grounder; Ryan Zimmerman dropped a throw, Bourn and Chipper were both standing at second, and in the course of chasing Chipper back to first they let Bourn go all the way home because nobody was covering. Craig Kimbrel allowed one of those leadoff singles to right but that was it, striking out two.