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Braves avoid sweep, beat Nationals, 6-2
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Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Aaron Harang delivers a pitch against the Washington Nationals during the second inning of a baseball game on Wednesday in Washington. - photo by Nick Wass

WASHINGTON — Aaron Harang outdueled Stephen Strasburg, Justin Upton drove in three runs and the Atlanta Braves avoided a series sweep in Washington with a 6-2 win over the Nationals on Wednesday.

The Braves snapped a three-game losing streak as Harang (11-10) held the NL East leaders to one unearned run over seven innings. Upton's RBI single in the sixth broke a 1-all tie, and he added a two-run double off reliever Ryan Mattheus during a three-run seventh.

Strasburg (11-11) allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings. Bryce Harper homered for Washington, which had won three straight.

B.J. Upton homered for the wild card-contending Braves. Washington leads Atlanta by eight games in the division.

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