Game #29 Recap: Haren Shines

The Nationals came into the final game of the four game series with the Braves looking for a split and on the back of an excellent start by Dan Haren they got it, winning 3-1.

Haren got through the first eight batters he faced in order on only 21 pitches, before allowing a walk to opposing pitcher Kris Medlen. After that blip he continued to mow down Braves hitters, allowing only one base runner until the seventh inning.

The Nationals offense got to Medlen early in the game, scoring all three of their runs in the first two innings.

In the first, Denard Span doubled to right field and then took third on a wild pitch. With single from Steve Lombardozzi the Nationals were on the board.

Span was a part of the second inning runs as well, driving in Anthony Rendon and Wilson Ramos on a two-out double that just snuck past Braves third baseman Chris Johnson.

Medlen calmed down after that and exited after the seventh inning. He gave up three runs on seven hits, with eight strikeouts and three walks.

The Braves scored their first and only run of the game in the bottom of the seventh when Dan Uggla took Haren deep to left.

Dan Haren gave up another hit in the eighth and after a hard shot by Jordan Schafer for the second out, Davey Johnson came out for a pep talk. Haren proceeded to strike out Chris Johnson, ending his night on a high note.

Haren finished the eight innings on just 90 pitches, allowing the one run, on only four hits, four strikeouts and a walk.

Rafael Soriano came in for the ninth and earned his ninth save this season.

The Nationals will now head to Pittsburgh for a weekend series against the Pirates. Ryan Zimmerman is expected to return from the disabled list, while Jayson Werth will sit out with a hamstring issue that forced him to leave tonight’s game early.