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ATLANTA - Former Braves pitchers Tim Hudson, Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and John Smoltz often spoke of the importance of being able to handle the bat, to consistently get a bunt down and move a runner over.
While Ryan Howard breaking up Julio Teheran's no-hit bid with a fifth-inning infield single was highly improbable, Evan Gattis hitting a home run at Citizens Bank Park was, at this point, entirely predictable.
Whether the Braves score a bunch of runs early or scratch out a few runs late, and whether they limit the Nationals to one run or allow eight, here's what most recent games between the two teams have in common: The Braves win.
Offense has been the Braves' primary weakness for the early part of the season, but it was shaky pitching and defense that threatened to do them in Friday night when they blew two leads against the Nationals.
The last time Bartolo Colon pitched against Atlanta, most current Braves were in elementary school. That was 2002, when Colon was a 20-game winner with Cleveland and Montreal. Yes, Montreal.
Alex Wood was almost perfect against the last 23 Washington batters that the young Braves left-hander faced Sunday.
The Atlanta Braves would never say it publicly, and neither would the Nationals and Stephen Strasburg. But for now, the team from Georgia clearly has the upper hand on the team from the nation's capital and particularly its marquee pitcher.
After Evan Gattis homered in the top of the fifth, reminding a sellout crowd at Nationals Park of why he warranted a splendid nickname as a rookie, the home team had a potential inside-the-park home run overturned by an umpires' review in th...