MLB: Atlanta 6, Washington 3

Aug. 7, 2013 at 10:46 PM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Jason Heyward singled home the go-ahead score in a three-run eighth Wednesday and Atlanta extended its winning streak to 13 games by downing Washington 6-3.

The Braves streak is the longest in the majors this year and has turned the National League East pennant race into an apparent formality. Atlanta leads second-place Washington by 15 1/2 games.

It was the Nationals' fourth straight loss.

Both sides scored in the seventh to bring about a 3-3 tie, but Atlanta took charge in the eighth by sending eight batters to the plate.

Washington reliever Ryan Mattheus (0-1) retired the first two men in the inning, but Andrelton Simmons then doubled and Joey Terdoslavich drew a walk. Ian Krol relieved Mattheus and Heyward greeted him with a single that brought home Simmons.

Justin Upton followed with a double that drove in two more runs.

The big eighth inning made a winner out of Atlanta starter Kris Medlen (9-10), who worked seven frames while giving up three runs on just three hits. Craig Kimbrel loaded the bases in the ninth, but got Wilson Ramos on a liner to right that ended the game. It was Kimbrel's 36th save.

Two of Washington's runs came on a fourth-inning homer by Jayson Werth.

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