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Soroka silences Nationals' bats in 5-0 Braves win

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Mike Soroka allowed one hit over six innings, Ozzie Albies had three hits including a home run and the Atlanta Braves beat the Washington Nationals 5-0 on Friday night.

Atlanta moved 9 1/2 games in front of Washington in the NL East and reduced its magic number to six.

Washington leads the NL wild card race.

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was lifted for precautionary reasons in the fourth inning with right elbow soreness, according to the team.

Atlanta's Nick Markakis, back after missing 43 games with a fractured left wrist, had a single, a double and a sacrifice fly and made a sliding catch in left field to take a hit away from Victor Robles.