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Morse's HR in 8th lifts Nationals past Braves 5-4

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ATLANTA (AP) - Michael Morse had four hits, including the go-ahead homer in the eighth inning after Washington had blown a four-run lead, and the Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 5-4 on Friday night.

Andrelton Simmons' two-run homer off Ross Detwiler capped Atlanta's four-run seventh inning which erased the Nationals' 4-0 lead.

Morse had a quick answer by hitting right-hander Chad Durbin's first pitch over the wall in right field leading off the eighth.

The Nationals, who swept a three-game series in Atlanta on May 25-27, are 5-1 against the Braves this season. NL East-leading Washington is 4½ games ahead of Atlanta. The Nationals began the night 3½ games ahead of the Mets.

Jesus Flores homered and Ian Desmond had a two-run single for Washington.

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