Nationals complete sweep of Braves

Sun Sep 6, 2015 7:46pm EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - The Washington Nationals gathered momentum heading into a huge series against the New York Mets by completing an 8-4 triumph on Sunday over the Atlanta Braves.

It would have been understandable for the Nationals to let their minds drift to a potential division-deciding three-game series with the Mets, but they took care of business against Atlanta in a four-game series sweep moving to within four games of New York for the NL East lead.

"We've just been playing good baseball," Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper said.

"We just have to keep doing what we're doing, keep having fun, keep having good at-bats and just be the team we are.

"We're a great team. We have a lot of fun. We just have to worry about what we're doing and that's all we can ask for at the end of the day."

The Nationals tagged Atlanta starter Manny Banuelos for seven runs in the first three innings and cruising from there.

Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth had the big blow, with a three-run homer in a five-run second inning.

Harper hit his 34th homer, his third in as many days, and second baseman Anthony Rendon added a solo shot as Washington rolled up 36 runs in the four-game series.

"It was a good series," manager Matt Williams said. "The guys swung the bats well, pitched well. So we got these. Now we've got a lot of work to do."   Continued...

Sep 6, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals first baseman Tyler Moore (12) flips to first base against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park. Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports