The Nationals had just pulled within two runs of the Braves in the sixth inning on a Jayson Werth home run when a steady rain turned to a downpour. We started a rain delay at 3:03 p.m. with the Nationals down 6-4 and nobody out in the bottom of the sixth.
Washington was down 6-0 after five innings, after another shaky start from Chien-Ming Wang. He pitched further into this game than he did in his first start back from shoulder surgery on Friday night, throwing five innings and 86 pitches today. But he made a throwing error in the fifth, and couldn't recover after that, allowing four runs (including three on a Dan Uggla homer). All of the runs were unearned, but considering Wang made an error to start the inning, he had plenty of time to put things back together.
The Nationals probably would have preferred to keep playing, too - they'd started the sixth with a walk and two singles before Werth's homer, and Laynce Nix had just drawn a walk off Anthony Varvaro, who'd replaced Brandon Beachy. They'll have a chance to come back for the win, and a series sweep, but they'll have to resume their rally after a delay.
We'll keep you posted on the weather and when this one will get back underway.
Update at 3:25: We're back underway, after what was officially a 22-minute delay.