Braves pitching stifles Nats in 2-0 defeat in opener

The Nationals mustered only five hits against Braves pitching and dropped their season opener to Atlanta 2-0 at Nationals Park on Thursday.

Right-hander Livan Hernandez pitched well - allowing two runs on four hits over 6 1/3 innings - but was undone by a first-inning RBI single by Brian McCann and Jason Heyward’s solo homer to right leading off the second.

The game, playing in chilly temperatures with an occasional mist, drew 39,055 - the smallest for a home opener since the team relocated from Montreal to Washington, D.C., before the 2005 season.

MASNsports.com’s Ben Goessling is headed down to the clubhouse, so check back shortly for postgame reaction.