ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Braves gave themselves a glimmer of hope in the NL East.
Hey, after what happened to these guys a year ago, they're not giving up on chasing down the first-place Washington Nationals.
Mike Minor threw six strong innings, Dan Uggla broke it open with a two-run single and the Braves denied Gio Gonzalez his 20th win, completing a sweep of Washington with a 5-1 victory Sunday night. Atlanta closed within 5 1-2 games of the Nationals with a little over two weeks left in the regular season.
"There's still a lot of baseball left," Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "Who knows what could happen? We've just got to keep playing and keep winning ballgames."
The Braves certainly know anything is possible. Last season, they had a double-figure lead in the wild-card race with a month to go -- and blew it. St. Louis passed Atlanta on the final day and rubbed salt in the wound by winning an improbable World Series championship.
"Look what happened to us last year,...