Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 8/17/13
The Braves insisted they weren't trying to hit Bryce Harper. They were just going for the knockout punch in the NL East race against the Nationals. Justin Upton hit a home run with one out in the 10th inning to power Atlanta to a 3-2 win over Washington on Friday night as the Braves continued their domination of the season series. The Braves, who swept a three-game series at Washington on Aug. 5-7, lead the season series 11-3, including six straight wins. Jason Heyward had two hits and scored one run for Atlanta, which stretched its lead over the second-place Nationals to 15 1/2 games. ''There's a lot of baseball to be played,'' Upton said. ''Our lead is pretty big right now, but crazier things have happened in baseball. You've got to go out and win as many games as you can.'' Upton's 23rd homer to left-center came on a 2-2 pitch from Ian Krol (1-1). It was his third career game-winning homer and second of the season. ''It's a great feeling when you can go out and win the bal...
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