Alex Wood showed a bit of youth and temper when he cursed out umpire C.B. Bucknor after being ejected in the sixth inning Wednesday but his fit of indignation seemed to give the Braves a much-needed spark at Nationals Park.
Homers by Dan Uggla and Justin Upton fueled a three-run sixth inning that erased a two-run deficit and sent the Braves to a 5-2 win against Washington reducing Atlanta’s National League East magic number from four to two.
The Braves could clinch their first division title since 2005 as soon as Friday in a series opener against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Any combination of Braves wins and Nationals losses totaling two gives Atlanta the crown.
While the Braves are off Thursday the Nationals open a four-game home series against Miami. The Braves had lost three in a row and nine of 13 before Wednesday and seen their lead over St. Louis for the NL’s best record was trimmed to one game.
The resurgent Nationals trying to overcome long odds for a wild-card spot got f...