Reynaldo Lopez pitched 7 innings of one-run baseball as the Nats hold on to win 7-6. It was Lopez’s first career win.
The Nationals’ offense was led by the 1-2-3 batters in the order. Trea Turner was a double short of the cycle while Ben Revere hit 2 triples, and Daniel Murphy was the big RBI man with a home run to go with a Sac Fly and an RBI groundout. Danny Espinosa added the Nats final run on the night with an RBI single, and that run turned out to be the game-winning RBI.
Mark Melancon had to save the game as Yusmeiro Petit faltered with a 7-2 lead. Petit was charged with 3 runs, and Melancon was charged with a run. The lead was almost given up and the defensive play of the game was a relay throw to nab Aybar at 3rd base trying to stretch a double into a triple with no outs in the 9th inning. Ben Revere threw to Danny Espinosa who threw a dart to Anthony Rendon who possibly tagged Aybar out like it was called on the field, and the call was upheld under a challenge by the Braves.