Hitting lowlight: As has so often been the case this season, the Nationals had a few opportunities to plate runs, and they squandered nearly all of them. They really missed their chance in the top of the ninth. Despite getting base hits from Wilson Ramos and Chad Tracy, the Nats couldn't get the go-ahead run home against Kimbrel. Steve Lombardozzi nearly grounded into a 3-6-1 double play, barely beating the throw to first. Denard Span then tapped a comebacker to end the inning and leave the leadoff hitter 0-for-5 on the night with three strikeouts, a popped-up bunt and the aforementioned groundout to the pitcher.
Pitching highlight: As was the case several times in the last two months, Jordan pitched well enough to win but wasn't helped by his lineup or his defense. The Nationals were charged with three errors in the game's first five innings, and two of those led directly to runs. So Jordan wound up without surrendering an earned run over his six innings, obviously a solid outing. This might be the last time we see him in 2013, though. With his total innings count at 142 (majors and minors combined), the Nationals may decide it's time to shut him down for the year. If so, Jordan will finish his abbreviated rookie campaign 1-3 with a 3.66 ERA in nine big-league starts. He still has some things to learn, but he certainly showed enough to warrant a shot at a spot in the 2014 rotation.
Key stat: Bryce Harper has now been hit by Braves pitchers three times in the last three games between these two teams.
Up next: The series continues at 7:05 p.m. Saturday when Stephen Strasburg takes the mound on the heels of his first career complete game. Strasburg will be opposed by left-hander Mike Minor.