- Associated Press - Sunday, April 13, 2014

ATLANTA —  Freddie Freeman insists the Atlanta Braves have no special insight when playing the Washington Nationals.

“I don’t know if it’s about getting in their heads,” Freeman said. “You just want to go out there and win series. It doesn’t matter who it’s against.”

Freeman and Justin Upton each hit a two-run homer off Gio Gonzalez and the Braves completed a three-game sweep of the Nationals with a 10-2 victory on Sunday.

Beating Washington for the 18th time in the last 25 matchups, Atlanta is hoping to use another fast start against the Nationals to win a second straight NL East title.

The Braves have won five of six against the Nationals this year.

“We have a 19-game stretch against division opponents,” Freeman said. “This is where you can get off to a good start and get off to a good lead and hopefully we’ll keep playing well when we get to” Philadelphia to begin a four-game series Monday.

Washington began the day by placing third baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right thumb. He’ll be out four to six weeks.

With Zimmerman and leadoff hitter Denard Span sidelined, the Nationals’ lineup managed just five hits off Aaron Harang (2-1), who allowed one run, one walk and struck out five in six innings.

Gonzalez (2-1) continued his struggles against the Braves, giving up nine hits, six runs and four walks and striking out six in six innings.

Despite ranking second in the majors among left-handers with 34 wins since the start of 2012, Gonzalez is 2-7 with a 5.31 ERA in 10 starts against the Braves during that span.

He hasn’t received more than one run of support in any of his seven winless starts against Atlanta.

“We were catching bad breaks,” Gonzalez said. “We were making some big mistakes, and as a starting pitcher you’ve got to learn to adjust and keep the ball down.”

Harang, making his 322nd career start and third with the Braves, improved to 2-4 with a 3.72 ERA in 10 starts against Washington.

Gus Schlosser, Atlanta’s fourth pitcher, gave up Adam LaRoche’s third homer in the ninth to make it 10-2.

Ross Detwiler, Washington’s second pitcher, allowed four unearned runs in the eighth on Freeman’s RBI double and Andrelton Simmons’ first homer, a three-run shot that put the Braves up 10-1.

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