Braves beat Mariners, move ahead of Mets in NL East

AP photo by Caean Couto / Atlanta Braves right fielder Robbie Grossman runs the bases after hitting a home run during Friday night’s game against the host Seattle Mariners.

SEATTLE — Out on the West Coast late Friday night, the Atlanta Braves moved into a spot familiar to them, though not this year.

All alone atop the National League East Division standings.

Dansby Swanson hit one of Atlanta's four home runs, and the reigning World Series champions grabbed sole possession of first place in the division for the first time all season with a 6-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

Robbie Grossman, Travis d'Arnaud and rookie Michael Harris II also went deep for the streaking Braves (87-51), who won their eighth straight game and jumped a half-game ahead of the New York Mets (87-52) in the NL East after chasing them for five months. New York lost 6-3 to the host Miami Marlins earlier in the night in a division matchup.

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