Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Jason Heyward ripped the go-ahead two-run single in the fifth inning and the Atlanta Braves edged the Washington Nationals, 3-2, in the finale of a rain-shortened two-game series on Sunday.
Dan Uggla laced an RBI double, while Michael Bourn and Martin Prado added two hits apiece for the Braves, who have won three of their last four games.
Tommy Hanson (6-4) allowed two solo homers in the first inning, but nothing else as he scattered six hits and fanned six without walking a batter over seven frames to earn the win. Eric O'Flaherty worked a scoreless eighth and Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth -- touching triple digits on the radar gun along the way -- to nail down his 16th save of the season.
Steve Lombardozzi and Bryce Harper crushed solo homers for the Nats, losers in four of their last five contests.
On the day when Gio Gonzalez (7-2) learned he was named the National League pitcher of the month, he wasn't sharp on the mound, allowing three runs on seven hits and three walks. He also struck out five in defeat.
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