ATLANTA — The Braves are 6½ games out in the NL East with 16 games to play. Yet Freddie Freeman believes they still have a good chance to catch the Nationals.
"I mean have they won the division yet?" Freeman said. "No, they haven't, so obviously we do."
Pinch-runner Jeff Baker scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning when reliever Ryan Mattheus hit Andrelton Simmons' uniform with a pitch, and Atlanta beat Washington 5-4 on Saturday.
Jason Heyward and Freeman homered for the Braves, who have won the first two games in the series and nine of 13 overall.
Atlanta has a substantial lead in the wild-card race, but Heyward said the team's focus is on passing the Nationals in the standings.
"I feel like the last two times we've played them we've done better," Heyward said. "We've taken strides and just tried to hang in there and keep battling."