Alex Wood’s Career Night Lifts Braves Past Nats

ATLANTA (AP) — Alex Wood set a career high with 12 strikeouts in 7 1-3 innings and the Atlanta Braves beat Washington 3-1 on Sunday night to continue their recent success against the Nationals.

By winning two of three in the weekend series, Atlanta cut Washington’s lead to 3½ games in the NL East. The Braves are 9-4 against the Nationals this season and 22-10 in the series the last two years.

Justin Upton homered for the Braves, who had lost nine of their last 10.

Ian Desmond’s fourth-inning homer was the only run allowed by Wood.

With the game tied 1-1, Emilio Bonifacio led off the fifth with a bunt single and scored the go-ahead run on Jason Heyward’s infield hit off Gio Gonzalez (6-9).

Wood (8-9), who allowed five hits, set another career high by throwing 124 pitches.

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