Brian McCann drove in four and Tim Hudson supported him with seven strong innings as the Braves defeated the Nationals to take the series with a 11-2 score.
McCann continued his hot streak to begin the season with a 3-5 day, driving in four runs. He singled in a run in the first, added two insurance runs in the seventh with a two-run single and singled in one in the eighth.
One of the runs scored was Martin Prado, who reached base three times, twice on doubles, and added a RBI on a sac fly. Nate McLouth scored three times and added a RBI. Freddie Freeman added a RBI and walked twice.
Jason Heyward went 2-4 with a RBI and walk. Chipper Jones added a RBI. The Braves led by four going into the eighth, but they scored six in the inning to blow it open.
Hudson continued his dominance of the Nationals by allowing one run on three hits in seven innings, walking one and striking out five. His lone run allowed came in the first inning on a RBI single by Adam LaRoche.
He only allowed one hit past the first inning, a single in the second, and he didn't allow another for the remainder of his seven innings. In fact, he was perfect from the fourth through the seventh. Hudson's GB/FB ratio was 8-3.
Jonny Venters allowed a run in the eighth when Danny Espinosa doubled to lead off the inning and came around to score on two groundouts. Scott Linebrink pitched a scoreless ninth to finish it.
Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann allowed three runs on four hits in six innings, walking three and striking out two. Todd Coffey allowed two runs behind him. Brian Broderick allowed four of the six runs in the eighth, and Chad Gaudin allowed the other two.