Nationals Look Stronger Than Braves

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Nationals Look Stronger Than Braves
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The tale of the National League East race in 2013 was told early on, maybe in an early April showdown in Washington. The Nationals entered with a 7-2 record, while the Braves came to town at 8-1. It was only April 12, but it was a statement series. In the first game, Drew Storen was trying to close out a 4-2 lead in the ninth. Chris Johnson singled and Ramiro Pena reached on a bunt hit. Justin Upton would later tie it with a two-out, two-run single and then Pena hit a two-run homer in the 10th off Craig Stammen. The next night, Tim Hudson beat Stephen Strasburg 3-1 with seven strong innings as Evan Gattis hit a two-run homer. In the finale, Paul Maholm pitched great and the Braves battered Gio Gonzalez in a 9-0 win...

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