Nationals rebound for win over Braves

The Nationals’ 6-2 win over the Atlanta Braves this afternoon - coming after they had been thumped in the first game of the series and nipped in the second - will go down as one of their better victories of the second half, if only for the number of resurgent players that contributed to it.

John Lannan, continuing to re-establish his spot in the rotation, allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings, striking out five batters and inducing eight groundouts against two flyouts.

Nyjer Morgan came off the disabled list and went 2-for-5, stealing a base and scoring four runs.

The Nationals’ bullpen worked 3 2/3 scoreless innings after a pair of rough games. And Michael Morse and Willie Harris, two players in the middle of miserable Augusts, each hit big homers in the win.

Most impressive of all, it came at Turner Field, where the Braves have lost just 17 times this year. All in all, a solid win for the Nationals as they head to Philadelphia for three games this weekend.

Johnny and Ray talk with Jim Riggleman about the Nats’ 6-2 win over the Braves