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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

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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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