Braves sweep to 13th win in a row

BRAVES 6, NATIONALS 3

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WASHINGTON — Jason Heyward singled and Justin Upton doubled in a three-run eighth inning Wednesday night in the Atlanta Braves’ sweep-capping 6-3 win over the Washington Nationals, a game played nicely by both sides one night after a fastball to Bryce Harper’s thigh cleared both benches.

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Atlanta Braves' Justin Upton, right, celebrates his home run with teammate Brian McCann against the Washington Nationals.  NICK WASS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
NICK WASS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Atlanta Braves' Justin Upton, right, celebrates his home run with teammate Brian McCann against the Washington Nationals.

Upton also homered, and Kris Medlen (9-10) allowed three runs and three hits over seven innings as the Braves won their 13th in a row to take a staggering-for-early-August 15½-game lead over the second-place Nationals in the NL East. While Atlanta has a ways to go before it can mathematically clinch, the three-game dismissal of Washington was undoubtedly a psychological clincher that only could be undone by a monumental collapse.

The Braves rallied off relievers Ryan Mattheus (0-1) and Ian Krol with two outs in the eighth as the Nationals lost their fourth in a row and sixth of their past eight.

FRIDAY’S GAME

WHAT: Miami (Jacob Turner 3-3, 2.68) at Atlanta (Brandon Beachy 0-0, 9.00)

TIME/TV: 7:30 p.m./Fox Sports South

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