The Washington Nationals have thrived with strong pitching all season, but now their bats are also hot.
The Atlanta Braves, meanwhile, have recently experienced more success on the mound.
The Nationals look to re-establish their success against the Braves and widen their NL East lead in a three-game series starting Friday night at Turner Field.
Washington (43-31) leads Atlanta (40-35) by 3 1/2 games atop the East, thanks largely to a major league-leading 3.11 staff ERA and in spite of a .245 team batting average.
However, the Nationals' bats awakened in the last three games of a four-game split at Colorado. They totaled 33 runs and 10 homers in those three contests, and plated 10 runs or more in three consecutive games for the first time since they did so as the Montreal Expos from June 10-13, 1995.
Washington racked up 14 hits - including three homers - Thursday, but fell 11-10 to the Rockies in 11 innings.
Michael Morse and Ian Desmond are each 8 for 15 with five RBIs over t...