ATLANTA (AP) — Justin Upton and Freddie Freeman each hit a two-run homer off Gio Gonzalez, and Andrelton Simmons added a solo shot late, as the Atlanta Braves completed a three-game sweep of the Washington Nationals with a 10-2 victory on Sunday.
Beating Washington for the 18th time in the last 25 series matchups, Atlanta is hoping to use another fast start against the Nationals to win a second straight NL East title.
The Braves have won five of six against the Nationals this year.
Washington began the day by placing third baseman Ryan Zimmerman placed on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right thumb.
With Zimmerman and leadoff hitter Denard Span sidelined, the Nationals’ lineup managed just five hits off Aaron Harang (2-1), who allowed one run, one walk and struck out five in six innings.
Gonzalez (2-1) continued his struggles against the Braves, giving up nine hits, six runs and four walks and striking out six in six innings.
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