The Atlanta Braves rode the bats of both Upton brothers on Wednesday night as they cruised on to win their 13th straight game. A 6-3 Braves win over the Washington Nationals gives them the longest win streak since the 2000 Braves won 15 in a row.
The Cardinals, Rockies, Phillies, and now the Nationals have all been swept by the Braves during the win streak.
Atlanta got another great start from Kris Medlen. He pitched into the 7th inning before being replaced by David Carpenter. Medlen only gave up 3 hits, 3 ER, and had 6 strikeouts. He has done a great job the last few starts to improve his W-L record to 9-10. The Braves staff has been a huge part of this 13 game win streak. They have pitched late in ballgames and have shut down some good lineups.
The Braves would double their lead in the 4th inning. Kris Medlen helped his own cause with a sacrifice fly to center field. Dan Uggla tagged up on the Medlen fly ball and increased the Braves lead to 2-0.
Justin Upton then kept his own streak alive, when he homered to left in the 7th. Upton has played great in the last couple of weeks. Braves fans can only hope that the good work continues into the playoffs.
The Braves grabbed a 3-2 lead, but it would be short-lived. Ian Desmond grounded into a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the 7th, that scored Jayson Werth. The game was once again tied, this time at 3-3.
A Jason Heyward single, and Justin Upton double, would plate 3 runs for the Braves in the 8th inning. Andrelton Simmons scored on the Heyward single, while Heyward and Joey Terdoslavich scored on the double by Upton. The Braves grabbed a 6-3 lead and that was all they needed.
Justin Upton: 3-4, HR, and 3 RBI
Upton contributed on half of the Braves runs on Wednesday. He has had a great few weeks and continued that against the Nationals. His home run and double were huge in the Braves victory. Justin Upton has 5 HR, and 13 RBIs in his last 9 games.
Both Upton brothers made big contributions on Wednesday night. B.J. finished the game 4-5 himself. That is a great sign for the Braves, as B.J Upton is returning from injury and has not played up to potential this season. During Wednesday’s game, the Upton’s combined to go 7-9 (.777 Avg).
The win makes the Braves the first team to 70 wins this season. It also gives them a huge 15.5 game lead in the NL East.
The Braves will have a much deserved off day on Thursday, before taking on the Marlins Friday night.