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Keibert Ruiz homers in 7-run 4th inning as the Nationals beat the Braves 8-5

WASHINGTON (AP) — Keibert Ruiz homered as part of a seven-run fourth inning and the Washington Nationals defeated the Atlanta Braves 8-5 on Sunday, spoiling the major league debut of Hurston Waldrep.

CJ Abrams drove in three runs for Washington, which won three of four from Atlanta and improved to 6-2 this season against the Braves.

Atlanta has dropped four of five and at 35-28 is nine games behind Philadelphia in the NL East. It is the first time the Braves have as little as seven games over .