Brandon Beachy pitched well before a brief rain delay interfered with his command, Dan Uggla hit a 3-run bomb and the bullpen continued to be excellent in a 6-4 Braves victory. The team remains unswept this season.
Beachy was dominant for the first five innings before a sudden rainstorm interrupted him on the mound. He ended the day throwing 5+ innings while allowing seven hits, a walk and four runs, but the Nationals didn't have a chance from the beginning of the game. His lone mistake -- a belt-high fastball to Jason Werth -- was sent 400 feet to center field, but he was solid outside of that.
Chien-Ming Wang continued his path back to the Majors and was not sharp at all. His big mistake, a hanging slider to Dan Uggla, was deposited about fifteen rows deep in the left field seats to give Atlanta a 6-0 lead in the fifth inning.
Michael Bourn's impact at the top of the lineup was felt once again. Although he gets credit for just one hit, Bourn scored two runs, stole a base, and made solid contact in every at-bat. He has been as advertised and is hitting .310 since joining Atlanta.
Anthony Varvaro impressed once again despite losing two batters to walks after working the count full. Eric O'Flaherty recorded the final out of the sixth and worked a scoreless seventh inning. Jonny Venters dominated the eighth and Craig Kimbrel came in for his 32nd save of the season.
After the victory the team will head to New York to take on the Mets. They'll have a much needed off-day on Thursday before resuming play. It'll be Tim Hudson against R.A. Dickey on Friday evening.