A RBI double by Martin Prado has helped propel the Braves to a 3-1 lead over the Nationals through six innings.
The two teams traded runs in the first inning. Prado singled to lead off the game but was erased by a Nate McLouth grounder. McLouth reached second on a Chipper Jones groundout and scored on a Brian McCann single.
Jayson Werth walked in the home half of the first and reached second on a wild pitch. Adam LaRoche singled to bring him home.
The score remained tied until the fifth, when the Braves put two on the board. Alex Gonzalez tripled to lead off the inning and scored on a groundout by Freddie Freeman. After Tim Hudson walked, Prado doubled him home for the third run.
Hudson has allowed one run on three hits in six innings, walking one and striking out three. He is at 67 pitches through five, and his GB/FB ratio is 6/3. He has held the top three hitters in the Nationals lineup hitless so far.
Jordan Zimmermann allowed three runs on four hits in six innings, walking three and striking out two. He was pulled after six, with Todd Coffey on the mound for the seventh.