Braves fight past Nats, questionable calls

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Updated: September 18, 2013

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Justin Upton clubbed a go-ahead two-run
homer in the sixth inning to help the Atlanta Braves avoid a three-game sweep
at the hands of the Washington Nationals with a 5-2 triumph at Nationals Park.

Dan Uggla led off the decisive sixth frame with a blast to left, while Brian
McCann added an RBI double in the seventh for the Braves, who snapped a three-
game losing streak and trimmed their magic number to two games to clinch the
NL East.

Kameron Loe (1-2) picked up the win after recording the final out in the fifth
in relief of starter Alex Wood, who allowed two unearned runs on six hits over
4 2/3 frames.

Craig Kimbrel, who gave up a career-high three runs in the opener of Tuesday’s
doubleheader to snap his franchise-record streak of 37 straight saves, retired
the Nationals in order in the ninth to secure his 48th save of the season.

Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper registered an RBI apiece, while Denard Span
singled in the seventh to extend his hitting streak to 29 games, one shy of
the Nationals’ franchise record set by Ryan Zimmerman from Apr. 8-May 12,
2009.

Washington starter Ross Ohlendorf (4-1) struck out six over six innings of
work, but was charged for three runs on four hits to absorb the loss.

Washington, which had a three-game win streak halted, fell five games back
of Cincinnati for the final NL wild card spot. The Reds are currently in
action against Houston.