Whenever you turn into the home stretch in September, you are going to have opportunities to either catch up or pull far away from the chasing pack due to playing divisional rivals often.
That’s the chance both the Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals had on Thursday as they started a four-game series. The Braves, however, didn’t let their foot off the gas, winning their seventh consecutive game to run their NL East lead all the way up to eight games. There are three games to go in the series and it’s not over yet, but the Braves are inching closer to sealing it up if they can keep their feet on the gas. The 4-2 home win was keyed by Ozzie Albies and Ronald Acuna, Jr. scoring twice each and the latter hitting what was his 37th home run of the season. Max Fried got his 16th win of the season (16-4) by tossing seven scoreless innings.