Braves Magic Number Down to Two After Win Over Nationals

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Updated: 9/18/2013 11:18 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) - Justin Upton and Dan Uggla each homered in a three-run sixth inning, and the Atlanta Braves rallied past the Washington Nationals for a 5-2 victory Wednesday night, lowering their magic number for clinching the NL East title to two games.


Brian McCann and Jordan Schafer also drove in runs as the Braves snapped a three-game skid. Atlanta has not won the division since 2005, the last of 11 straight titles.


Washington entered 4½ games behind Cincinnati for the second NL wild card.


Kameron Loe (1-2) got one out for the win. Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta's seventh pitcher, rebounded from his loss Tuesday to record his 48th save.


Denard Span extended his hitting streak to 29 straight, the longest in the majors this season.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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