ATLANTA -- Dan Haren scattered four hits over eight innings to help the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 3-1 Thursday, salvaging a split in the four-game series at Turner Field.
Haren retired the first eight batters he faced and didn't allow his first hit until two outs in the fourth. Haren (3-3) struck out four in his longest outing of the year and won his second consecutive start.
Haren lost his bid for a shutout with two out in the seventh inning when Dan Uggla tagged him for a long home run, his fifth. That run broke a streak of 18 scoreless innings by Washington pitchers.
Closer Rafael Soriano pitched a scoreless ninth inning to get his ninth save. The former Brave retired allowed a two-out single to Evan Gattis, then got Uggla on a popout to end the game.
The win moved Washington back to within 2.5 games of the Braves in the NL East.
Atlanta's Kris Medlen (1-4) allowed three runs in the first two innings before he settled down and retired nine straight hitters. Medlen allowed seven hits, three walks and struck out eight in six innings.
Washington's offense was paced by center fielder Denard Span, who went 3-for-4 with two doubles, one walk, one run and two RBI.
The Nationals scored quickly off Medlen in the first inning. Denard Span yanked a double into the right field corner and scored when Steve Lombardozzi broke an 0-for-17 streak with a sharp single to left. The run was the first Span scored in 13 games since he missed two games with stomach flu.
The Nationals added two more runs in the second inning with two outs. Span grounded a ball off the end of his bat that baffled Atlanta third baseman Chris Johnson and rolled into shallow left. The well-placed double -- originally ruled an error and changed an inning later -- allowed Anthony Rendon and Wilson Ramos to score.
Atlanta didn't get its first hit off Haren until two outs in the fourth, when Freddie Freeman laced a single into right field. It broke a streak of 35 consecutive outs made by the Braves' non-pitchers.
NOTES: Atlanta LF Justin Upton was named the NL Player of the Month, and C Evan Gattis was named NL Rookie of the Month. Upton had a league-leading 12 home runs and .734 slugging percentage during April, while Gattis has six home runs and five game-winning RBIs. ... Washington had its regular outfield back in place. LF Bryce Harper (side/shoulder) and RF Jayson Werth (ankle/hamstring) were both out of the lineup Wednesday, but manager Davey Johnson was satisfied with what he saw in batting practice Thursday. However, Werth was removed for a pinch hitter after two at-bats. ... Nationals pitchers had retired 28 straight batters over two games before Medlen walked in the third inning. ... Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman will come off the 15-day disabled list Friday and join the team in Pittsburgh. He's been sidelined with a sore left hamstring. Zimmerman experienced no issues while going 0-for-3 Wednesday in a rehab start for Class A Potomac.