WASHINGTON -- Justin Upton and Andrelton Simmons homered and the Atlanta Braves won their ninth in row as Paul Maholm beat the Washington Nationals 9-0 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.
Upton hit his seventh home run of the season. Chris Johnson had four hits and two RBIs for the Braves, who took a 7-0 lead in the third inning against Gio Gonzalez (1-1).
In sweeping their NL East rivals and compiling the best record in the major leagues, Atlanta (11-1) has outscored the opposition 62-23 and built a 20-6 advantage in home runs.
The Braves have swept three straight series (Cubs, Miami and Washington) for the first time since April 2000, when they swept four in a row (Phillies, Pirates, Dodgers, and Padres).
Washington has lost seven straight to Atlanta, dating back to last year (see full recap).
Mets-Twins game postponed to Aug. 19
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins have postponed their game against the New York Mets because of wintry weather.
The Twins announced the decision about four hours before Sunday's scheduled game. The Mets won the first two games of the series at Target Field, with temperatures in the low 30s. On a windy Sunday morning, light snow was falling. The afternoon forecast was calling for rain and a high of 38 degrees.
The game will be made up on Monday afternoon, Aug. 19.
The Mets play in San Diego the day before and at home the day after. The Twins are at home the day before and play at Detroit the day after (see full recap).