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