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MLB: Atlanta 5, Washington 4

Sept. 15, 2012 at 8:27 PM

ATLANTA, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Ryan Mattheus hit Andrelton Simmons with a pitch Saturday, forcing in the go-ahead run in the Atlanta Braves' 5-4 comeback victory over Washington.

Trailing 4-1 after two innings, the Braves chipped away at the lead. Freddie Freeman's solo blast in the fourth cut it to 4-2 and Jason Heyward tied it up with a two-run shot in the sixth.

Then in the eighth, David Ross singled to lead off the frame against Mattheus (5-2), and one out later Dan Uggla coaxed a walk, sending pinch-runner Jeff Baker to second.

Mattheus issued another base-on-balls to Chipper Jones to load the bases and hit Simmons with a pitch, putting Atlanta ahead for good.

The rally made a winner of Eric O'Flaherty (3-0) and Craig Kimbrel racked up his 36th save as the National League wild card-leading Braves clinched their three-game set against NL East-leading Washington.

Adam Laroche cracked a two-run homer for the Nats.

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