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Atlanta Braves Extend Winning Streak to Nine with Blowout Win Over Washington Nationals

April 14th, 2013 at 6:08 PM
By Cody Fields

If you haven't noticed, the Atlanta Braves are simply on a roll. Their 9-0 win over the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on Sunday extended their winning streak to nine games and improved their Major League-best record to 11-1, completing a three-game sweep of their division rivals on the road.

Most impressively, Paul Maholm threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings, scattering just four hits over his outing. He hasn't given up a run during the 20 1/3 innings he's thrown in his three starts this season.

B.J. Upton also showed signs of a turnaround by driving the first pitch of the game from Gio Gonzalez for a double. He would add another double and single later on after entering the game with a .105 average.

Chris Johnson produced a two-run single to finish off a three-run first inning on Gonzalez. Johnson went on to have a four-hit day while the Braves pounded Gonzalez for seven runs in five innings.

Justin Upton hit his seventh homer of the year to start a four-run third inning. Andrelton Simmons capped off the scoring in that frame by hitting a three-run bomb, his first of the year.

Braves fans can also be encouraged by Jason Heyward's RBI-double in the sixth. He entered the game mired in a 1-for-28 slump.

The Braves have an off-day Monday before returnning to Turner Field on Tuesday to host the Kansas City Royals for two games.

Tags: Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, B.J. Upton, Chris Johnson, Justin Upton, MLB, Paul Maholm, Washington Nationals

One Response to “Atlanta Braves Extend Winning Streak to Nine with Blowout Win Over Washington Nationals”

  1.  Wayne Staich says:

    The Braves are killin it! Looks like the Padres don’t play them til June–we might be able to actually win a few games before then! LOL

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