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Alex Wood carves up Nats as Braves win series finale

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Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Wood showed no mercy to the Nats tonight.

Wood struck out 12, a new career high, and the Braves won the series with a 3-1 final in a dominating performance by the lefty.

Alex was on early, striking out the side in the second after a hit and an error. His first five strikeouts came with runners on base. He really made only one mistake all night, and Ian Desmond hit it for a home run to right leading off the fourth for the first run of the night.

Justin Upton changed that in a hurry, homering on the 10th pitch of his at-bat leading off the bottom of the fourth against Gio Gonzalez to tie the score. It was also his 500th RBI and 1,000th career hit.

Gonzalez caught the Barves syndrome in the fifth, helping the Braves to take the lead with a costly mental error. With the go-ahead run at third, Jason Heyward grounded a ball past Adam LaRoche; Danny Espinosa picked it up, but Gonzalez was nowhere near first base. Heyward reached, and the run scored.

Wood left to a standing ovation with one out in the seventh. He struck out 12, getting Adam LaRoche four times, and allowed just five hits.

Evan Gattis provided an insurance run with a pinch-hit RBI single in the eighth.

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Source: FanGraphs