Washington third baseman Ryan Zimmerman left the game with a broken right thumb and is expected to miss four to six weeks. Nationals leadoff hitter and center fielder Denard Span was placed on the seven-day disabled list before the game with a concussion.
“It is what it is. Nobody is going to feel sorry for us,” manager Matt Williams said. “You’ve got to play.”
After winning two of three at Washington in the opening week, the Braves have won the first two games of a weekend home series against their NL East rivals. Since the start of the 2013 season, Atlanta has won 17 of the last 24 games in the rivalry.
Braves left-hander Alex Wood (2-1) allowed one run on six hits and three walks in five innings. Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his fifth save.
“It was good to see some of the guys start putting good at-bats together,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “B.J. had four good at-bats.”
Justin Upton had three hits, including two doubles, to extend his tear at the plate. Evan Gattis also had three hits.
Washington starter Taylor Jordan (0-1) allowed five runs on 10 hits and two walks in five innings.
“I just wasn’t hitting my spots, and they capitalized on that,” Jordan said.
Washington’s Anthony Rendon hit his second homer leading off the game.
Zimmerman was hurt diving back to the bag when he was picked off second base in the fifth.
“I think he did it on the bag,” Williams said. “It’s unfortunate, but we’ve got to step forward from here.”