D’Arnaud, Swanson homer as Braves close in on postseason

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Charlie Morton works against the Washington Nationals during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

ATLANTA -- Travis d'Arnaud broke a scoreless tie with a two-run homer in the fourth inning, Dansby Swanson went deep in the eighth, and the Atlanta Braves secured a playoff berth with a 3-2 victory over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.

The win, combined with Milwaukee's 7-5 loss to the New York Mets, clinched Atlanta's fifth consecutive postseason appearance. The Mets, however, remain a game ahead of the Braves (93-55) in the National League East.

Swanson added his 21st homer, an opposite-field solo shot to right off Kyle Finnegan that sailed 379 feet and padded the lead to 3-1. The Braves have won 10 straight games at home, outscoring opponents 47-15 over this stretch. Atlanta is 52-25 at Truist Park and has the NL's second-best winning percentage in home games.

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