Tommy Hanson shook off an agonizing start to outpitch Gio Gonzalez, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 Sunday to end a six-game skid against their NL East rivals.
Hanson (6-4) gave up homers to the first two batters he faced, with rookies Steve Lombardozzi and Bryce Harper connecting on consecutive pitches.
Hanson then blanked the Nationals over the next six innings. The right-hander allowed two runs, six hits and no walks in seven innings.
Eric O'Flaherty worked the eighth and Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth for his 16th save in 17 tries.
Gonzalez (7-2) was seeking to win his sixth straight start. In this one, however, the left-hander gave up three runs, seven hits and three walks in 4 2-3 innings. He also threw two wild pitches in his shortest and most ineffective outing since April 7.
Jason Heyward had two RBI for the Braves, who had won only two of their previous 11 games. That slide included four losses to Washington by a combined 25-10...