The Braves jumped out on top early thanks to a run scoring double off the bat of Jace Peterson. The lead was short lived however, as the Nationals broke through in the third against Atlanta starter Ryan Weber.
Trea Turner drove an inside fastball into the left field stands to put Washington in front 2-1. four batters later, Chris Heisley followed with a three-run bomb of his own to increase the score to 5-1. Turner struck again in the fourth with an RBI single to make it 6-1.
The Braves got one back in the sixth as Nick Markakis scored on a Peterson groundout. Atlanta made things interesting in the ninth when Ender Inciarte and Adonis Garcia led off with back-to-back singles against Nationals closer Mark Melancon. A wild pitch advanced both runners before Inciarte scored on an infield single by Freddie Freeman to cut the deficit to 6-3. Matt Kemp came to the plate as the tying run but grounded into a double play. Garcia scored on the play to make it 6-4. Markakis followed with a single to right before Anthony Recker flew out to end the game.
Weber takes the loss after allowing six hits and five earned runs over three innings of work. Max Scherzer picks up his 16th victory of the season for the Nationals after allowing seven hits and two runs over seven innings.
Inciarte extended his hitting streak to 16-straight and finished the day with two hits. Turner finished a triple shy of the cycle and went 3-for-4 with homer and three runs batted in.
The two teams will meet again on Tuesday with Williams Perez scheduled to make the start for Atlanta.