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 — Steve Lombardozzi and Bryce Harper — then blanked the Nationals over the next six 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.
Jason Heyward drove in two runs 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 score.
The first-place Nationals have lost four of five.
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