Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals Live Blog: Instant Analysis and Reaction

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Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals Live Blog: Instant Analysis and Reaction
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The Atlanta Braves (37-35) topped the Washington Nationals (37-34) 3-0 in the first game of their four-game series.

The Braves pitching staff dominated the Nationals, allowing a mere three hits on the night. Gavin Floyd pitched well as the starter before succumbing to some nasty elbow swelling.

The scoreless tie was broken in the fourth inning off of a Chris Johnson single, helping the Braves take a 2-0 lead. Johnson totaled three RBIs on the night. Freddie Freeman hit two doubles and scored twice for Atlanta.

The low-scoring affair showed the Nationals still have work to do on offense with the absence of Bryce Harper. Jordan Zimmermann had a decent night before the rough fourth inning, which could have remained scoreless if Danny Espinosa was just a smidge faster in the infield.

The Braves and Nationals will continue to fight for the top of the NL East on Friday at 7:05 p.m. ET.

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