Braves winning streak reaches 12 games as Dansby Swanson stays hot against Nationals

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The Atlanta Braves, defending World Series champions, extended their major-lead winning streak to 12 games on Monday night with a 9-5 victory over the Washington Nationals (box score). The Braves are now 35-27 this season, which puts them five games behind the New York Mets, who were absent on Monday.

Atlanta suffered a major loss on Monday, with second baseman Ozzie Albies fifth moto start after fracturing his foot.

The Braves were paced by shortstop Dansby Swanson (who else?) and designated hitter Marcell Ozuna.

Swanson, an impending free agent, has been hot since the schedule flipped in May. Indeed, his .644 OPS during the month of April has been eclipsed by the .883 mark since he wore Monday’s game. He then drove in the Braves’ second and third runs on the night with a second-inning single. (Catcher Travis d’Arnaud put the Braves on the board originally with a solo homer.) Swanson then added a two-run homer to give him four RBIs on the night.

Ozuna, for his part, opened the game in the fifth with a two-run homer to make it 5-0. He came into Monday’s game with a season-high 78 OPS+ and, unlike the aforementioned Swanson, he’s been brawling since late April. Namely, Ozuna had an incoming .747 OPS in May, as opposed to a .598 mark since.

Fellow outfielders Adam Duvall and Michael Harris each threw their own homers. Harris’ outburst was the first of his budding major league career.

The Braves will continue their three-game set against the Nationals on Tuesday before wrapping up the set on Wednesday. Next, the Braves travel to Chicago to face the Cubs in a three-game weekend series.

The Braves’ winning streak is, as previously noted, the longest active at the majors. The New York Yankees have the second-longest game in MLB, with four games.

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