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Braves make it 12 straight, things get chippy
Braves Nationals Base Heal
Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper (34) points at Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran as he takes first base after being hit by a pitch during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Nationals Park on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) - photo by Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Hit by a pitch two innings after homering, Bryce Harper jawed and pointed at Atlanta's Julio Teheran, and the dugouts and bullpens emptied, but the only haymakers thrown during the NL East-leading Braves' 2-1 victory over the Nationals on Tuesday night came from the teams' Twitter feeds. All in all, it was the sort of stuff rivalries and high-drama playoff chases are made of. Except, in this particular case, Evan Gattis' two-run single in the fifth inning and the six innings thrown by Teheran (9-5) while allowing one run combined to produce Atlanta's season-high 12th consecutive win, padding their NL East lead to 14½ games over Washington.