Eric O'Flaherty struck out two in a perfect eighth and Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his ninth save.
Jordan Walden (1 0) struck out three in 1 2/3 hitless innings.
Gerald Laird led off the Braves' seventh with a walk from Tyler Clippard (1 1). Laird moved up on pinch hitter Tyler Pastonicky's sacrifice bunt and was held at third on Jordan Schafer's single.
Strasburg, who had lost a career worst four straight starts leading up to the game, said he'll be able to make his next scheduled start. He is 1 4 with a 3.13 ERA.
"I couldn't throw strikes early on," Strasburg said. "I was able to kind of battle through it and keep it close."
Washington manager Davey Johnson said Strasburg, who was pulled after six innings, has "a little tightness" in his right forearm.
Strasburg appeared to struggle to get comfortable on the mound. Johnson also noticed, saying Strasburg "doesn't look right to me."
Johnson said Strasburg was seen by a doctor after the game.
Atlanta beat the Nationals for the eighth straight time dating to last season. The Braves swept three games at Washington earlier this month.
"He was shaking his elbow more frequently," Johnson said, adding Strasburg didn't complain "but he was irritable."
"That was a tough one," said Johnson of the loss. "But the main thing I was a little concerned about was Strasburg."
"We battled and did the little things right," said Simmons, the second year shortstop. "We got the bunt down. We got the sacrifice fly to get the run in."
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"That's the first time I've ever seen two guys do a split on the same play at the same time," Braves closer Craig Kimbrel said.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Teheran, who allowed 10 hits and two runs in 5 1/3 innings, showed his growth by escaping jams as the Nationals left six runners on base.
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Ian Desmond off the ninth with a slow grounder that Simmons charged. Simmons slipped as he fielded the ball and fell on his backside, but somehow fired a strike from the seat of his pants that first baseman Freddie Freeman caught by making a long stretch.
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"I was really concerned," Johnson said. "Any other time, I might have let him continue. Hopefully, it's no more than a tired arm or something."
Simmons' fly ball to right allowed Laird to slide safely headfirst across the plate.
"We're watching him grow up in front of our eyes," Gonzalez said.
Freeman followed Upton's hit with a single to left field, but took a wide turn around first and was thrown out. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez argued the call with Timmons at first base, and replays indicated Freeman's hand was on the bag before he was tagged.
Strasburg gave up six hits, four walks and two runs in six innings, striking out eight.
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Desmond was called out on a close play, and disagreed with the decision. Johnson came out to argue with umpire Tim Timmons.
Strasburg's first pitch of the game sailed to the backstop. He walked Schafer, who stole second and scored on Justin Upton's soft single.
Simmons said. "It was a little muddy. Fortunately, we've got Freddie helping out there. . Sometimes you've got to improvise to get it done."
ATLANTA The Atlanta Braves, who began the night with the most home runs in the majors, showed they can win playing small ball.
Now Washington's Stephen Strasburg must show his right arm is completely healthy.
The Braves began the night with 36 homers, one ahead of the Yankees for the lead. Against the Nationals, Atlanta's only extra base hit was a double by starting pitcher Julio Teheran.
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