Swanson homers for third straight game, Braves edge Nats 6-5

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Atlanta Braves’ Dansby Swanson celebrates his two-run home run in the dugout during the third inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dansby Swanson homered for the third straight game and the Atlanta Braves beat the Washington Nationals 6-5 to sweep the series.

Swanson hit a two-run drive to center to increase the Braves’ lead to 3-0 in the third. It was his 24th home run of the season, a total that includes two from Saturday and another Friday for four of Atlanta’s 11 homers in the three-game set.

The Braves have won a franchise-best eight straight games in Washington and 10 of 12 overall. They entered Sunday tied with Philadelphia for the NL East lead.

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