The Braves would never say it publicly, and neither would the Nationals and Stephen Strasburg. But for now, the team from Georgia clearly has the upper hand on the team from the nation’s capital and particularly its marquee pitcher.

The Braves beat the Nationals and Strasburg again Saturday, knocking him out with four consecutive singles in a four-run fifth inning and cruising to a 6-2 win that clinched the series at Nationals Park. It was the Braves’ 19th win in the past 25 games against the Nationals, and they’ll go for a sweep of the three-game series Sunday in the road trip finale.

Julio Teheran gave up a two-run homer to ex-Brave Adam LaRoche in the first inning, but he lasted seven innings and didn’t allow another runner past first base until the Braves built a 6-2 lead. It was their fourth consecutive win since an opening-day loss at Milwaukee.

“You never want to give Strasburg too much of a cushion,” said Braves second baseman Dan Uggla, whose two-run single in the fifth provided a 4-2 lead. “But Julio, he didn’t have his best stuff tonight but he battled and competed. That’s what we expect out of him every time. We had all the confidence in the world that he was going to hold them right there, and he did.”

Teheran (1-1) threw 111 pitches and allowed two runs, three hits and four walks with six strikeouts.
With their seventh win in as many April games against the Nationals over two seasons, Atlanta (4-1) moved a game ahead of them in the National League East standings and remained a half-game behind first-place Miami. The Braves are 9-2 at Nationals Park since the beginning of last season, including sweeps in two of three series.

Strasburg was charged with eight hits and six runs (three earned) in 4 1/3 innings and fell to 3-5 with a 3.86 ERA in 13 starts against the Braves. The hard-throwing right-hander is 26-15 with a 2.90 ERA in 64 starts against everyone else.