The Atlanta Braves saw their winning streak hit 11 games, thanks to a clutch go-ahead homer by Justin Upton in their 3-2 win over the Washington Nationals on Monday at Nationals Park.
The eighth-inning homer was the last of Upton's three hits on the night and was his biggest. Upton blasted a pitch off Tyler Clippard down the left field line for a solo shot, making it his fourth in five games in a streak that's similar to his run in April.
Upton's bomb came an inning after David Carpenter bailed out Mike Minor. Minor didn't have his A-game over his six-plus innings, but he only gave up two runs. In the seventh however, Minor gave up a lead-off double to Scott Hairston before before he was pulled in favor of Carpenter.
Carpenter was brilliant in his 1 2/3 innings, starting by striking out Jayson Werth before sitting down Bryce Harper and Ian Desmond.
With Craig Kimbrel resting, Jordan Walden endured a high stress save opportunity. After Anthony Rendon singled to start the ninth and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt, he moved to third with one out after a wild pitch. Walden buckled down and got Hairston to pop out and Chad Tracy to fly out to secure the Braves' 11th straight win.
Minor fell behind in the first inning when Adam LaRoche notched an RBI-double and again in the sixth on Rendon's sacrifice fly. Both times, Freddie Freeman tied the game with RBI-singles off Stephen Strasburg.
The Braves' 11-game winning streak is their longest since winning 15 in a row in 2000. They now lead the Nationals by 13 1/2 games in the National League East.
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