Braves pitchers combined for eleven consecutive scoreless innings — and lost. It’s kind of annoying, really.
The Braves took the lead in the top of the first when Martin Prado doubled and Jason Heyward singled him home. But Tim Hudson had a terrible first inning, allowing hits to the first three batters then a two-out homer, giving the Nats a 4-1 lead. He settled down from there, though, and allowed just three more hits.
The Braves rallied to tie. Freddie Freeman scored on a Paul Janish infield single in the fourth, then Heyward hit a two-run homer, scoring Prado again, in the fifth. And then we settled in for a long succession of shutout innings.
Jonny Venters took over from Hudson in the seventh after a leadoff double and allowed an intentional walk but nothing else. Eric O’Flaherty got in serious trouble in the eighth, two hits and a walk, but got out of it somehow. Chad Durbin pitched an inning and Luis Avilan pitched two. Meanwhile, the Braves left a number of baserunners on. Perhaps their best chance came in the eleventh, when Prado led off with a double, but he didn’t advance.
Cristian Martinez pitched a perfect twelfth. In the thirteenth, he had terrible luck, allowing two infield singles and a Dan Uggla error to lose the game. Two infield singles and an error.