ATLANTA -- Alex Wood set a career high with 12 strikeouts in 7 1-3 innings and the Atlanta Braves beat Washington 3-1 on Sunday night to continue their recent success against the Nationals. Atlanta Braves Jerseys . By winning two of three in the weekend series, Atlanta cut Washingtons lead to 3 1/2 games in the NL East. The Braves are 9-4 against the Nationals this season and 22-10 in the series the last two years. Justin Upton homered for the Braves, who had lost nine of their last 10. Ian Desmonds fourth-inning homer was the only run allowed by Wood. With the game tied 1-1, Emilio Bonifacio led off the fifth with a bunt single and scored the go-ahead run on Jason Heywards infield hit off Gio Gonzalez (6-9). Wood (8-9), who allowed five hits, set another career high by throwing 124 pitches. The left-hander walked Jayson Werth to lead off the eighth before striking out Adam LaRoche. David Carpenter replaced Wood and ended the inning on Desmonds double-play grounder. Pinch-hitter Evan Gattis hit a single to right field off Jerry Blevins in the eighth to drive in Chris Johnson, who walked. Craig Kimbrel, pitching on the third straight night, had a perfect ninth to earn his 34th save. Gonzalez gave up two runs, six hits and four walks in 4 2-3 innings. He has lost four straight starts. The versatile Bonifacio, acquired from the Cubs on July 31, hit leadoff and started in centre field one night after starting at shortstop. With the game tied 1-1, Bonifacio used his speed to lead off the fifth with a bunt single, despite a creative defensive effort by Gonzalez. The pitcher fielded the ball with his back to first base and flipped the ball between his legs to Adam LaRoche. Bonifacio was safe despite a collision with LaRoche. Gonzalez walked Tommy La Stella before Freddie Freemans double-play grounder sent Bonifacio to third. Bonifacio took off for the plate on Heywards grounder to second baseman Danny Espinosa. LaRoche broke for the grounder, leaving first base uncovered because Gonzalez started running for the bag and then stopped before taking off again too late. Heyward was safe with the single as Bonifacio scored the go-ahead run. Desmond led off the fourth with his 19th homer to right field. Upton tied the game in the bottom of the inning with his 21st homer. Upton collected two career milestones with the line-drive homer. It was his 1,000th hit and gave him 500 career RBIs. Washingtons Denard Span had two doubles, extending his hitting streak to 14 games. TRAINERS ROOM Nationals: Outfielder Steven Souza, who hurt his shoulder in a collision with the right-field wall Friday, was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Outfielder Michael Taylor was called up from Triple-A Syracuse. ... Werth started in right field after missing two straight starts with a sore right shoulder. Braves: Manager Fredi Gonzalez said shortstop Andrelton Simmons sprained left ankle continues to improve. Gonzalez indicated Simmons may play Tuesday, take Wednesday off and then be ready for regular work. UP NEXT Nationals: Washington is off Monday and right-hander Doug Fister will start in Tuesday nights game at the Mets. Fister will try to extend his successful record -- 5-0, 1.80 ERA -- when pitching with at least an extra day of rest. Braves: Right-hander Julio Teheran will face Kevin Correia as the Braves open a four-game series against the Dodgers on Monday night. Teheran took the loss despite allowing only two runs in eight innings at the Dodgers on July 31. Bobby Cox Jersey . Mike Ribeiro had a goal and an assist as Phoenix held on to snap a two-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday. Scott Kazmir Jersey . This time, Tebow was in a groove the entire second half -- not just in the waning minutes -- and his teammates on defence were getting gobbled up. http://www.thebravesteamshop.com/Braves-Babe-Ruth-Kids-Jersey/ . -- Catriona Matthew remained atop the Airbus LPGA Classic leaderboard Friday, birdieing four of the last seven holes to take a one-stroke advantage over Charley Hull into the weekend.SUNRISE, Fla. - Gustav Nyquist scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, helping lift the Detroit Red Wings over the Florida Panthers 3-1 on Thursday night. Brian Lashoff and Daniel Alfredsson also scored and Jimmy Howard made 23 saves as the Red Wings ended a four-game road losing streak. Scottie Upshall scored and Tim Thomas stopped 30 shots for Florida, which has lost four of its last five. Detroit took a 2-1 lead when Nyquist grabbed a rebound in the slot in the Red Wings zone, brought it along the left boards and beat Thomas high on the stick side at 13:22. Nyquist has nine goals in his last nine games. Lashoff added an empty-net goal with 20 seconds left. Florida took a 1-0 lead in the first despite a slow start. Upshall came out of the penalty box just in timee to take a pass from Tomas Kopecky behind the Red Wings defence. Sean Newcomb Jersey. His wrist shot from the slot went five-hole on Howard with 26 seconds left in the period — only the second shot of the game for Florida. The Red Wings tied it at 1 on Alfredssons power-play goal at 6:30 of the second when he found a loose puck in front and swept it past Thomass stick. The Panthers, coming off a season-high 48 shots Tuesday against Toronto, managed only two shots in the first, a season-low for a period. At the end of the second, they were outshot 23-8. NOTES: Red Wings centre Pavel Datsyuk, who missed the past 14 games with a lower-body injury, returned to the lineup Thursday. . D Jakub Kindl missed the game with a lower-body injury. . Kopecky recorded his 100th NHL assist. 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