WASHINGTON (AP) — Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez doesn't want a repeat of starter Alex Wood's outburst that got him ejected from Wednesday night's game against the Washington Nationals.
He'll take the offense's surge that came an inning later, though.
Justin Upton and Dan Uggla each homered in a three-run sixth inning, and the Braves rallied past the Nationals for a 5-2 victory, lowering their magic number for clinching the NL East title to two games.
"We struggled early, but it was bound to happen," Upton said. "We've been struggling for a while here. At some point, we had to break out."
Brian McCann and Jordan Schafer also drove in runs as the Braves snapped a three-game skid. Atlanta has not won the division since 2005, the last of 11 straight titles.
Washington entered 4½ games behind Cincinnati for the second NL wild card.
"That's just not enough," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said of taking the series two games to one. "We just can't afford to lose."
Washington revealed after the game that Stephen Strasburg is being pushed back for the second time because of forearm tightness. He was scheduled to start Thursday but could not get loose Wednesday. He's now scheduled to start Saturday.
"I don't really know why it's happening," said Strasburg, who will be replaced by Gio Gonzalez in the rotation. "When it happens, it happens. It's like a strong cramp. So, I just think it would put us in a bind if I went out there and felt it."
Kameron Loe (1-2) got one out for the win. Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta's seventh pitcher, rebounded from his loss Tuesday to record his 48th save.
As he was being replaced after giving up two runs in the fifth inning, Wood was ejected for shouting and pointing at home plate umpire CB Bucknor. The rookie was upset with Bucknor's ball-four call with the bases loaded earlier in the inning.
"It was just one of those things where I let my emotions get the best of me there," Wood said. "In the latter part of that inning it was a big situation. I kind of felt it could have gone the other way and I did some things, said some things I probably shouldn't have said. (I) Immediately regretted it after I got inside."
The inning began when Anthony Rendon singled and Washington pitcher Ross Ohlendorf bunted him to second. Span then hit a bouncer to first that Freddie Freeman bobbled for an error, putting runners on first and third.
After Ryan Zimmerman walked to load the bases, Jayson Werth walked on a close 3-2 pitch to force in the game's first run.
Wood slammed his pitching hand into his glove as he came down off the mound and began yelling at Bucknor. Third baseman Chris Johnson attempted to calm Wood, while Fredi Gonzalez came out to argue and was ejected by Bucknor.
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