Wright wins 19th, Riley and Rosario homer, Braves beat Nats

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Kyle Wright works in the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

ATLANTA (AP) — Kyle Wright didn't exactly feel sluggish, just not quite on top of his game.

Even so, his performance, which Wright said was just “OK," was good enough to move him closer to 20 wins.

“The more times I can go out there and pitch as long as I can, however long that may be, and hopefully give us chance to win — that’s what I think I’m the most proud of," he said. “There’s just a lot more confidence when I take the mound."

Wright won his major league-leading 19th game, Austin Riley and Eddie Rosario homered and the Atlanta Braves beat the Washington Nationals 5-2 on Monday night.

The defending World Series champions won their ninth straight home game to improve to 92-55. Atlanta remained one game behind the first-place Mets in the NL East after New York won 7-2 at Milwaukee to clinch a playoff spot.

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