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Upton walk-off HR lifts Braves past Nats in 10th

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ATLANTA -- The Braves insisted they weren't trying to hit Bryce Harper.

They were just going for the knockout punch in the NL East race against the Nationals.

Justin Upton hit a home run with one out in the 10th inning to power Atlanta to a 3-2 win over Washington on Friday night as the Braves continued their domination of the season series.

The Braves, who swept a three-game series at Washington on Aug. 5-7, lead the season series 11-3, including six straight wins.

Jason Heyward had two hits and scored one run for Atlanta, which stretched its lead over the second-place Nationals to 15 1/2 games.

"There's a lot of baseball to be played," Upton said. "Our lead is pretty big right now, but crazier things have happened in baseball. You've got to go out and win as many games as you can."

Upton's 23rd homer to left-center came on a 2-2 pitch from Ian Krol (1-1). It was his third career game-winning homer and second of the season.

"It's a great feeling when you can go out and win the ballgame for your team," Upton said. "There's nothing like that."

Scott Downs (2-0) pitched a scoreless 10th for Atlanta.

Harper was hit by pitches in the fourth and eighth innings by Alex Wood and Luis Avilan, respectively. Home plate umpire Marty Foster warned both benches after Avilan hit Harper on his shoulder in the eighth.

Washington's players rose to the top of the dugout but didn't come onto the field.

It wasn't the first time Harper had been hit by a pitch against the Braves this month.

Both Atlanta pitchers insisted they didn't try to hit Harper.

"I tried not to look at him," Wood said of Harper. "It was embarrassing to hit somebody with a curveball."

Avilan was trying to protect a 2-1 lead when he hit Harper.

"I didn't want to put the runner on," Avilan said.

"I was like, I hope he doesn't think I did it on purpose. We're leading 2-1. ... I felt bad because I almost hit him in the head because it's dangerous, you know."

Harper did not talk with reporters after the game.

Nationals manager Davey Johnson said he thought Avilan should have been thrown out of the game.

Asked if he thought Braves pitchers were trying to hit Harper, Johnson said, "I hope not, because it's ridiculous. In a close ballgame, they've got a lot more to lose than we do at this point, so it would be a ridiculous thing to do.

"After he got hit the second time they should have thrown [Avilan] out of the ballgame and be done with it. But it's their choice."

On Aug. 6, both benches emptied when Harper was hit by Julio Teheran in the Braves' 2-1 win at Washington.

Downs threw an inside pitch past Harper to the backstop before walking Harper with one out in the 10th. Jayson Werth hit into a double play to end the inning.

Wood gave up one run and five hits and no walks and a career-high nine strikeouts in 6 1-3 innings.

Washington's Taylor Jordan did not allow an earned run, but was hurt by three errors. Jordan allowed two runs, both unearned, and seven hits and three walks in six innings.

Heyward led off the first inning with a single and took off for second base on ball four to Upton.

Washington catcher Wilson Ramos made an unnecessary and wild throw to second base for an error, allowing Heyward to advance to third before scoring on Freddie Freeman's double play grounder.

Paul Janish, starting at second base after the Braves announced Tyler Pastornicky would need season-ending knee surgery, singled to lead off the third.

After Janish advanced to third on Heyward's single, shortstop Ian Desmond fielded Upton's grounder and threw to second to force Heyward. Second baseman Anthony Rendon attempted to complete the double play, but threw wild to first for an error, allowing Janish to score for a 2-0 lead.

There was no reaction from Harper when he was hit by a pitch from Wood to lead off the fourth.

Harper calmly jogged to first base and then made a comment to Freeman at the bag, prompting both to laugh. Harper advanced to third on Werth's single and scored when Desmond hit into a double play.

Harper wasn't laughing after he was hit by Avilan's pitch in the eighth following a double by Ryan Zimmerman. Luis Ayala replaced Avilan and gave up a single to Werth as the Nationals pulled even at 2-2.

Notes

Upton also hit a game-winning homer against the Cubs on April 6. ... RHP Drew Storen, recalled from Triple-A Syracuse on Thursday, pitched a scoreless ninth. ... Braves 2B Phil Gosselin, recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett, made his major league debut as a defensive replacement in the 10th. ... Braves RHP Jordan Walden, who hadn't pitched since taking a liner off his pitching hand on Saturday, said his hand is fully recovered. ... The series continues Saturday night when Atlanta's Mike Minor will try for his 13th win against Washington's Stephen Strasburg, who is only 6-9 despite a 2.83 ERA.

 
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Justin Upton connects for a walk-off HR in the 10th to give the Braves their sixth straight win over the Nats.  (USATSI)
Justin Upton connects for a walk-off HR in the 10th to give the Braves their sixth straight win over the Nats. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Washington

J. Werth
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Atlanta

J. Upton
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Denard Span, CF5000035 .258
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5110013 .266
Bryce Harper, LF2110110 .263
Jayson Werth, RF5021002 .332
Ian Desmond, SS4000022 .278
Adam LaRoche, 1B4010020 .237
Wilson Ramos, C4010001 .289
Anthony Rendon, 2B3020010 .268
   a-Chad Tracy, PH1010000 .183
   Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B2000001 .257
Totals35291110  
a-singled for Stammen in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ryan Zimmerman (22, Avilan), Bryce Harper (13, Wood)
SH - Taylor Jordan 2 (4)
RBI - Jayson Werth (50)
2-OUT RBI - Jayson Werth (15)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Rendon-Desmond-LaRoche, Rendon-Desmond-LaRoche-Zimmerman-LaRoche, Rendon-Desmond-LaRoche-Zimmerman-LaRoche-Desmond-Rendon-LaRoche
E - Adam LaRoche (8, Misplayed grounder), Wilson Ramos (6, Throwing), Anthony Rendon (14, Throwing)
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Taylor Jordan 6720330 3.66
Craig Stammen 2000030 3.30
Drew Storen 1100020 5.82
Ian Krol (L,1-1) 0.1111001 3.27
Pitches-Strikes - Taylor Jordan 94-59, Craig Stammen 33-21, Drew Storen 17-13, Ian Krol 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Taylor Jordan 11-2, Craig Stammen 3-0, Ian Krol 1-0
Batters Faced - Taylor Jordan 26, Craig Stammen 6, Drew Storen 4, Ian Krol 2
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jason Heyward, RF5120010 .257
Justin Upton, LF4121110 .273
Freddie Freeman, 1B3000100 .307
Brian McCann, C4000014 .268
Chris Johnson, 3B4010000 .336
Jordan Schafer, CF3010110 .301
Andrelton Simmons, SS4020021 .243
Paul Janish, 2B3110002 .133
   a-Evan Gattis, PH1000011 .251
Alex Wood, P2000011 .000
   b-Joe Terdoslavich, PH1000000 .267
   c-Gerald Laird, PH1000001 .291
Totals3539138  
a-struck out for Janish in the 9th
b-grounded out for Carpenter in the 7th
c-lined out for Kimbrel in the 9th
Batting
HR - Justin Upton (23, Krol)
RBI - Justin Upton (62)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Simmons-Janish-Freeman, Simmons-Janish-Freeman-Simmons-Gosselin-Freeman
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Alex Wood 6.1511090 2.61
David Carpenter (H,4) 0.2000010 1.93
Luis Avilan (H,21) 0.2111000 1.26
Luis Ayala (BS,3) 0.1100000 2.70
Craig Kimbrel 1200000 1.12
Scott Downs (W,4-3) 1000100 1.53
HBP - Harper (by Alex Wood), Harper (by Luis Avilan)
Pitches-Strikes - Alex Wood 97-63, David Carpenter 7-4, Luis Avilan 9-4, Luis Ayala 4-3, Craig Kimbrel 16-10, Scott Downs 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alex Wood 6-3, Luis Avilan 1-1, Luis Ayala 1-0, Craig Kimbrel 3-0, Scott Downs 2-0
Batters Faced - Alex Wood 24, David Carpenter 2, Luis Avilan 4, Luis Ayala 2, Craig Kimbrel 5, Scott Downs 3
Game Information
Attendance - 35663
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Jordan Baker