Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Justin Upton's solo home run in the eighth inning gave the Atlanta Braves their 11th win in a row, a 3-2 decision over the Washington Nationals to open a three-game set.
Freddie Freeman went 3-for-4 with two RBI while Upton had three hits and scored twice for the Braves, who increased their lead in the NL East to a whopping 13 1/2 games over the Nationals.
Mike Minor pitched six-plus innings for Atlanta and gave up two runs on eight hits with three walks and three strikeouts. David Carpenter (3-0) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless perfect innings to get the win.
It's the longest winning streak for Atlanta since the team ripped off 15 in a row from April 16-May 2, 2000.
Adam LaRoche and Anthony Rendon each drove in a run for the Nationals, who have dropped four of six.
Stephen Strasburg pitched seven innings for Washington and struck out nine while giving up five hits and two runs. Tyler Clippard (6-2) served up Upton's home run to take the loss.