The Braves entered this series hoping to put away the Nationals once and for all this season. Last night took a bit of extra baseball, but the Braves prevailed in 10 innings, 3-2, on a walkoff homer from Justin Upton.
The homer was Upton's third career walkoff job and 23rd home run this season, and gave the Braves their 18th victory in 20 games to move to a 15.5 game lead in the NL East.
"It's a great feeling when you can go out and win the ballgame for your team," Upton said. "There's nothing like that."
Bryce Harper, who had a dustup with the braves earlier this month, was hit by pitches twice last night. both appeared to be unintentional - especially the second, which came in the 8th inning with the Braves clinging to a 2-1 lead. Harper then scored the tying run.
Scott Downs ptched a scoreless 10th to move to 2-0 on the year. Starter Alex Wood left with a 2-1 lead after 6.1 innings of one-run ball, but Luis Avilan and Luis Ayala could not hold the lead.
Mike Minor (12-5) will take the hill tonight at Turner Field against Stephen Strasburg (6-9). First pitch is at 7:10 PM.
In other news, injuries continue to pile up, as Dan Uggla had eye surgery on Thursday and backup infielder Tyler Pastornicky is out for the season with a torn ACL. Also, the Phillies (losers of five of six to the Braves over the past couple weeks) fired manager Charlie Manuel and replaced him with Ryne Sandberg on an interim basis.