Braves vs. Nationals: Washington Wins Final Game To Split Series With Atlanta

The Atlanta Braves head to Washington for a crucial four-game set with the first-place Nationals. Game one was wild.

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N.L. East Standings: Braves Trail Nationals By 3.5 Games

The Braves are still 3.5 games behind the Nationals for the N.L. East lead after the two teams split a four-game set

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Braves Vs. Nationals Final Score: Atlanta Starter Jair Jurrjens Gives Up 6 Runs In Loss To Washington

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens had a tough time on Sunday as he was knocked around in 2.1 innings of work. Jurrjens allowed nine hits -- two which here home runs -- and six earned runs, and the Braves offense was never able to recover as they lost 9-2 against the Washington Nationals.

The Nationals Ryan Zimmerman did most of the damage against Jurrjens as he hit two home runs and had three RBI's, the home runs cae in the first inning and the second one coming in the third inning. Jurrjens was finally pulled after getting one out in the third inning, but by then the Braves were trailing 6-0.

The Braves went to Luis Avilan to replace Jurrjens but he did not fare much better as he allowed a pair of runs in the fifth inning when Sandy Leon hit a two-run RBI double to put the game out of reach at 8-0 in favor of the Nationals.

Nationals starting pitcher Ross Detwiler held the Braves in check for the most of the game. He lasted seven innings, allowed seven hits and let two runs cross the plate but only one was earned.

The sixth inning is when the Braves were able to get on the board against Detwiler as they scored a pair of runs when Mike Prado scored on a passed ball, and the other run came when Jason Hayward scored from third base as Freddie Freeman grounded out to first base. That would be the only runs that the Braves would score on the day.

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Braves Vs. Nationals Preview: Atlanta Looking To Close The NL East Gap

The weekend series between the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals has been very beneficial to the Braves. Both teams came in as the two top clubs in the NL East with the Nationals sitting atop the division.

But the Braves have closed that gap after taking two of three from the Nationals and now find themselves 2.5 back for the division lead and looking to pull even closer after Sunday.

Jair Jurrjens will take the mound for Atlanta on Sunday afternoon. The right-handed hurler is 3-3 this season with a 6.20 ERA. Jurrjens hasn't won a game since June 22nd when he faced the Boston Red Sox on the road at Fenway Park.

First pitch on Sunday will be at 1:35 p.m. ET.

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Braves Vs. Nationals Lineups: Atlanta And Washington Release Their Sunday Starters

After playing a day-night doubleheader on Saturday, the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals will play the final game of their weekend series on Sunday. As the top two teams in the NL East, the Braves have taken two of three from the Nationals and will be looking to close the gap between the two even further.

Both teams released their Sunday lineups through their official Twitter feeds. Here's a look at the Braves lineup:

And now, a look at the Nationals lineups:

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Braves Drop Second Game In Doubleheader To John Lannan, Nationals

The Braves dropped the second game of their doubleheader against the Nationals on Saturday, losing by a score of 5-2. Atlanta held an early lead and appeared to be in control of the game, but bad luck and a poor effort from the bullpen would eventually be their downfall.

Chipper Jones doubled home a run in the first inning to make it 1-0. Freddie Freeman then followed with an RBI-single to bring home Chipper.

Randall Delgado was impressive early. He ended up working six innings of two-run ball, surrendering just six hits and one walk while striking out four.

With the score 2-0 in the fifth, a wild pitch with two outs allowed the Nationals to score a run.

In the sixth, Dan Uggla bobbled what would have been an easy 4-3 double play, putting two runners on base. Delgado hit Michael Morse with a pitch to load the bases. With the Braves on the ropes, Delgado did a terrific job limiting Washington to just one run.

Sandy Leon reached in the seventh on a ball that bounced directly off first base. If it was half an inch to the left or right, Freddie Freeman would have had a routine play on the ball. Following a stolen base, Roger Bernadina singled just under Freeman's glove to make it 3-2.

After recording two quick outs in the eighth, the Braves gave up two more runs to score to increase the deficit to 5-2. When it was their turn to bat in the ninth, nothing came of a one-out walk to David Ross.

It was a tough loss for Atlanta, but they still have a chance to win the series on Sunday. They currently sit 2.5 games back in the NL East standings.

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Braves Vs. Nationals Game 3 Lineup: Atlanta Starting Randall Delgado

The Atlanta Braves will be looking to win the second game of their Saturday double header against the Washington Nationals. In Saturday's early game the Braves shut out the Nationals 4-0. The Braves are sending out Randall Delgado who is 4-9 on the year while the Nationals are starting John Lannan who is making his first start this season.

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was scratched from the lineup on Saturday night after injuring his left ankle in the afternoon game during his at-bat in the first inning.

Here is the Braves lineup:

1. Michael Bourn CF
2. Martin Prado LF
3. Jason Heyward RF
4. Chipper Jones 3B
5. Freddie Freeman 1B
6. Dan Uggla 2B
7. David Ross C
8. Paul Janish SS
9. Randall Delgado P

Nationals lineup:
1. Steve Lombardozzi LF
2. Roger Bernadina CF
3. Ryan Zimmerman 3B
4. Michael Morse RF
5. Adam LaRoche 1B
6. Ian Desmond SS
7. Danny Espinosa 2B
8. Sandy Leon C
9. John Lannan P

First pitch for the second game of the double-header is at 7:05 p.m. ET.

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Ben Sheets Dominates Again As Braves Take First Game Of Doubleheader

The Atlanta Braves just might have found something in Ben Sheets. In his second start with the club since being signed earlier this month, Sheets worked six shutout innings as the Braves went on to defeat the Nationals by a score of 4-0. This was the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday, with the second scheduled for 7:05 EST.

Sheets' command was not as sharp this time around. He worked in and out of trouble most of the afternoon, relying on a big double play in the third inning to get out of a jam. He surrendered five hits and three walks, striking out six in the process. His is still yet to allow a run this season with Atlanta.

Brian McCann got the Braves on the board early with a solo homer in the second. The score of 1-0 held until the eighth inning. With runners on second and third, a wild pitch from Henry Rodriguez brought Michael Bourn home to make it 2-0.

Chipper Jones came on to pinch-hit with a runner on in the ninth and smacked the first pitch he saw to the second deck in right field. It was the 463rd long ball of his career.

Kris Medlen worked two scoreless innings in relief, and Chad Durbin closed out the ninth.

The Braves are now 1.5 games back in the NL East. It'll be Randall Delgado and John Lannan in tonight's matchup. Lannan is 8-5 with a 3.25 ERA in his career against Atlanta.

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Braves Vs. Nationals: Matt Diaz Sent To The 15-Day DL With Right Thumb Contusion

The Atlanta Braves will be without the services of outfielder Matt Diaz as a trip to the disabled list is evidently in his future. Courtesy of the Atlanta Braves twitter feed:

Jonny Venters could be in line for some immediate duty as the Braves bullpen have had to pitch into extra innings in two of their last three games. Venters is 3-3 overall on the season with a 4.45 ERA in 40 games this season and will be available for Saturday's contest versus the Washington Nationals.

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Braves Vs. Nationals: Saturday's Lineups Released, Of Course Chipper's On The Bench

The Atlanta Braves will return to the ball park in Washington, D.C. to face off against the Washington Nationals in game two of their four-game series after winning a marathon 11-10 clash. Of course after a lengthy game like Friday's, Chipper Jones will need a day of rest. Juan Francisco will replace him in the lineup and hit seventh. Here are the starting lineups for Saturday's game at 1:05 PM.

Atlanta Braves Starting Lineup

1. Michael Bourn CF
2. Martin Prado LF
3. Jason Heyward RF
4. Freddie Freeman 1B
5. Brian McCann C
6. Dan Uggla 2B
7. Juan Francisco 3B
8. Paul Janish SS
9. Ben Sheets P

Washington Nationals Starting Lineup

1. Steve Lombardozzi LF
2. Bryce Harper CF
3. Ryan Zimmerman 3B
4. Michael Morse RF
5. Adam LaRoche 1B
6. Ian Desmond SS
7. Danny Espinosa 2B
8. Jesus Flores C
9. Edwin Jackson P

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Braves Vs. Nationals: Saturday Game Preview, TV Info And More

It's not every day that you see a game as exciting as the Atlanta Braves' thrilling 11-10 victory over the Washington Nationals on Friday night, but Saturday's matchup holds some intrigue of its own. Atlanta's Ben Sheets will look to build off his stellar season debut against the Mets this past Sunday, where he gave up two hits, no runs and struck out five batters in a 6-1 victory. He hadn't pitched in the majors since 2010, spending nearly two years recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Friday's win put the Braves 2.5 games back of the division-leading Nationals, who will start Edwin Jackson (5-5) in Saturday's game. Jackson has struggled lately, putting up a 10.54 ERA in his last three starts.

Take a look below for the game schedule and broadcast information:

Date/Time: Saturday, July 21, 1:05 p.m. ET

TV: PTV, FSS

Online streaming: MLB.tv

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Braves Win Wildest Game Of Season, Defeat Nationals 11-10 In 11 Innings

It was tough to imagine the Braves playing a better game this season than their comeback against Roy Halladay and the Phillies on May 2.

On Friday night in front of a near-sellout crowd in Washington D.C., the Braves rallied to win against Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals after trailing early by a score of 9-0. It's safe to say that Phillies game from two months ago has taken the backseat.

Tommy Hanson was on the mound for Atlanta and was not sharp. He surrendered three-run homers to Michael Morse and Ryan Zimmerman, which propelled Washington to their 9-0 lead after five innings.

Then the rally for the ages came.

Brian McCann hit a two-run homer in the top of the sixth to make it 9-2. Martin Prado followed with a two-out double in the same inning to cut the deficit to 9-4.

Jason Heyward walked to bring home a run in the eighth, and then Chipper Jones singled home two more with a line drive to left. Not only did the runs make it 9-7, but they also made Jones the all-time leader in runs batted in among third basemen.

Freddie Freeman followed Jones with an RBI single to make it 9-8. McCann came up with a chance to tie it or take the lead, but he grounded out weakly to first to end the threat.

After a quick bottom of the eighth by Kris Medlen, Atlanta went back to work in the ninth. Uggla walked and Paul Janish was hit by a pitch from Tyler Clippard. David Ross struck out as a pinch hitter, bringing Michael Bourn to the plate. Bourn smacked a ball deep into right-center field, bouncing it off the wall for a triple and scoring two runs.

The Braves led 10-9, heading to the bottom of the ninth with all the momentum on their side.

The lead lasted all of a few minutes. Danny Espinosa homered to center field off of Craig Kimbrel, who had previously blow just one save all season. It was tied 10-10, and that score held until the 11th.

Uggla reached on an infield single to get things going and then advanced on a throwing error from Ryan Zimmerman. He moved into third on a wild pitch. Janish came to the plate and blooped a ball just over the shortstop's glove, bringing home Uggla to make the score 11-10.

Chad Durbin entered and worked a perfect frame, highlighted by an incredible diving stop from Uggla for the final out.

The Braves are now 2.5 games out in the National League East. Three hours ago, it was almost guaranteed they would be 4.5 back.

Wow.

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Chipper Jones Sets All-Time RBI Mark For Third Baseman With 1,598

Friday night became another milestone for Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones who is now the all-time leader in RBI's for a third baseman with 1,598. Jones achieved the feat in the top of the eighth inning when Jones singled to left field which knocked in Paul Janish and Martin Prado.

Jones' RBI came at a very good time for the Braves as it cut into the Washington Nationals lead to make it a 9-8 game, and was part of a Braves offensive spurt that saw them score five runs in the sixth inning and three more in the eighth inning. The Braves have overcame their 9-0 deficit in the ninth inning and now lead the Nationals 10-9 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning. It is looking like Jones accomplishment might have helped the Braves recover from an nine run hole.

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Braves Vs. Nationals: Friday's Lineups Announced

The Braves begin a huge series against the Nationals in Washington D.C. on Friday night. The top two teams in the National League East have had up and down seasons and, although it's only July, the series has the feel of a pennant race. Friday's lineups have been announced.

Here is the Braves lineup:

1. Michael Bourn CF

2. Martin Prado LF

3. Jason Heyward RF

4. Chipper Jones 3B

5. Freddie Freeman 1B

6. Brian McCann C

7. Dan Uggla 2B

8. Paul Janish SS

9. Tommy Hanson P

Here is the Nationals lineup:

1. Steve Lombardozzi LF

2. Bryce Harper CF

3. Ryan Zimmerman 3B

4. Adam LaRoche 1B

5. Michael Morse RF

6. Ian Desmond SS

7. Danny Espinosa 2B

8. Jesus Flores C

9. Stephen Strasburg P

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Braves Vs. Nationals: Friday Game Preview, TV Info And More

This is going to be an important series for both the Braves and Nationals, but even more so for Atlanta, which heads to D.C. for a weekend head-to-head with the NL East division leading Washington Nationals. The Braves are on the Nationals' heels with their recent success, going 8-2 in their last 10 outings, while the Washington has scaled back a bit.

The head-to-head matchup means more for the Braves because they are still in second place, just a few games behind the Nationals. Facing Stephen Strasburg isn't the ideal way of beginning such an important series, but the Nationals have one of the best pitching rotations in baseball, so the Braves are going to have play well against elite pitching in this series, either way. Tommy Hanson will start for Atlanta on Friday.

Take a look here at the game schedule and broadcast information:

Date/Time: Friday, July 20, 7:05 p.m. ET

TV: PTV, MASN

Online streaming: MLB.tv

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