With the Nationals and Braves locked in a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the seventh on Sunday, Nats shortstop Ian Desmond walked to the plate looking to swing big on the first pitch. After allowing three straight hits to begin the game, Braves starter Alex Wood had settled in to dominate the Nationals for five consecutive frames.

Desmond saw a 87 mile per hour fastball slightly inside and got just about all of it, sending the ball deep into the left field stands for a solo home run. It was the first pitch of the inning, and Desmond knew it was gone immediately. He flipped his bat as the ball soared nearly out onto the concourse, falling short by just six or seven rows.

"Yeah, I was pretty sure I got it," Desmond said. "Fastball in, a little bit up, just connected on it. It was good. We needed that one. Not necessarily a home run, but we needed to score a run there and prove to ourselves we could hold it down."

"I knew right when it left my hand that it wasn’t going to be a very good outcome," Wood said.

Desmond gave the Nats the go-ahead run in what ended as a 2-1 win for the Nationals. They avoided the sweep and salvaged the first series between the two teams of the season.

The Nationals were in danger of dropping the first three games against a team that went 13-6 against them in 19 matchups last season. The Nats know they will have to do better against the Braves this time around to have a chance at retaking the division crown.