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13! Braves get 3 in 8th, win 6-3 to sweep Nationals

By JOSEPH WHITE
AP Sports Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - 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.

Upton also homered, and Kris Medlen (9-10) allowed three runs and three hits over seven innings as the Braves won their 13th straight 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 3-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 straight and sixth of their last eight.

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