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MLB: Atlanta 6, Washington 3

June 2, 2013 at 5:24 PM

ATLANTA, June 2 (UPI) -- Ramiro Pena socked a two-run homer and B.J. Upton added a solo blast Sunday, carrying the Atlanta Braves over Washington 6-3.

Pena's blast in the first inning staked the Braves to an early lead while Upton's clout in the next frame put Atlanta ahead to stay at 3-2.

Freddie Freeman added a two-run double and Justin Upton went 3-for-4 with a run scored as the National League East-leading Braves took the rubber match of a three-game series.

Paul Maholm (7-4) held the Nationals to three runs (two earned) on five hits over six frames to gain the win and boost Atlanta's lead in the East to 6 1/2 games.

Anthony Varvaro and Luis Avilan each logged a scoreless relief frame and Craig Kimbrel racked up his 17th save, securing the victory.

Washington's Nate Karns (0-1) absorbed the loss in his second major-league start, surrendering four runs (three earned) on seven hits over 4 2/3 frames.

Ian Desmond homered for the Nats.

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