The loss ruined a terrific effort from their starter John Lannan. Lannan threw seven innings of five-hit shut out ball, walking just two and striking out four. But as it happened all last season, and once already this season, the bats fell silent during Lannan's start.
Nick Johnson continued his torrid pace, going 2-for-4 and raising his average to .380. But the Nats only managed four other hits, one of which was from Lannan himself.
Braves starter Jair Jurrjens deserves a fair amount of credit for that. He went seven and two-thirds innings, allowing six hits and two walks with four strikeouts. But twice the Nationals got lead-off doubles, only to strand the runner without damage.
THE UGLY: Kearns. Pinch-hitting in the seventh with a runner on second and two outs, he swung at the first pitch and popped out to end the inning. Yo, Austin: Take a pitch!
NEXT GAME: Nats are off Thursday. They travel to New York for a weekend series with the Mets at brand new CitiField.