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Friday, June 20 (All times Eastern)

Atlanta Braves (37-35) at Washington Nationals (37-34), 7:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Atlanta - Mike Minor (2-4, 4.42) Washington - Stephen Strasburg (6-5, 3.06)

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Nationals didn't start a crucial series with the Atlanta Braves the way they had anticipated and will get another shot at the NL East rivals Friday night in DC.

The Nationals opened a four-game set with Thursday's 3-0 loss and couldn't get anything going for starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann. Zimmermann lasted seven innings and allowed two runs with six strikeouts and one walk, but the solid showing dropped the Washington ace to 5-4 on the season.

"I made some good pitches," said Zimmermann. "A couple bloopers and a three- hopper up the middle to load the bases. I was happy to get out of it with two runs and I had some good innings after that."

Denard Span and Jayson Werth doubled, while Danny Espinosa had the other hit for the punchless Nationals, who have lost five of their last seven games following an 8-1 stretch. The Nats now lead the NL East by just a half-game ahead of Atlanta and 1 1/2 games in front of Miami.

Washington has still won seven of the last nine games at Nationals Park, where it is 21-16 this season.

Stephen Strasburg looks to get back on track when he toes the rubber Friday for the Nats. Strasburg had a personal three-start losing streak come to an end in Saturday's 4-1 loss at St. Louis, as he was reached for three runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Strasburg is 6-5 with a 3.06 earned run average and will put his solid home record on the line. In eight starts at Nationals Park, the right-hander is 5-1 with a 2.10 ERA. He has made 13 career starts against Atlanta, going 3-5 with a 3.86 ERA.

In an April 5 loss to the Braves, Strasburg allowed six runs -- three earned -- in 4 1/3 innings of a 6-2 setback.

It was a bittersweet moment for Atlanta last night, as starter Gavin Floyd threw six scoreless innings and struck out six with one walk before leaving the game with a right elbow fracture. The injury will sideline Floyd for some time and could even end his season.

"It wasn't painful, it was just kind of surprising," Floyd told the club's website. "I know when something pops, something is releasing. We had X-rays and obviously, it was different."

Floyd, who has had Tommy John surgery in the past, will head back to Atlanta for further evaluation.

Freddie Freeman had three of Atlanta's 11 hits, including two doubles, and scored twice. Freeman has an extra-base hit in five straight games, while Chris Johnson drove in three runs and Evan Gattis went 2-for-5 to extend his career-best hitting streak to 18 games for Atlanta, which opened an 11-game trip on a high note after suffering a three-game sweep against Philadelphia.

Jason Heyward recorded two hits and has reached base safely via hit or walk in 35 of his last 38 games. Braves closer Craig Kimbrel posted his 21st save with two K's in the ninth.

The Braves will also visit Houston and the Phillies on this trip and had lost six of eight games before Thursday's triumph.

Mike Minor gets the call for the Braves Friday and is 0-2 in his last five starts. He has posted back-to-back no-decisions -- both Atlanta wins -- and lasted five innings in Sunday's 7-3 decision over the LA Angels. He gave up three runs and 11 hits with six K's and one walk.

Minor has been reached for 11 runs and 22 hits in his last two outings and is 2-4 with a 4.42 ERA overall. The left-hander has made nine career starts against the Nationals and is 3-2 with a 4.96 ERA.

Washington is only 1-6 against Atlanta this season, but is 11-5-2 in series play against the Braves in DC since April 29, 2008.

06/20 11:11:43 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
7th
ROC 2
DUR 0
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
7:05pm Friday
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6:35pm Saturday
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5:05pm Sunday
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6th
TEX 1
CLE 12
 
6th
COL 6
CIN 1
 
6th
MIA 1
PIT 0
 
4th
CWS 2
TOR 0
 
3rd
KAN 1
NYY 4
 
3rd
BOS 2
MIN 2
 
3rd
PHI 0
NYM 4
 
4th
SEA 0
TAM 0
 
2nd
SFG 0
MIL 0
 
3:35pm Today
DET
OAK
4:35pm Today
HOU
BAL
8:05pm Tonight
WAS
CHC
8:15pm Tonight
ARI
STL
10:05pm Tonight
SDP
ANA
10:10pm Tonight
ATL
LOS
1:05pm Thursday
CWS
BAL
 
4:35pm Thursday
CWS
BAL
 
8:05pm Thursday
BOS
TEX
 
10:05pm Thursday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Thursday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Thursday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Thursday
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Thursday
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Friday
KAN
CHC
 
7:05pm Friday
COL
PHI
 
7:05pm Friday
TAM
BAL
 
7:10pm Friday
MIA
NYM
 
7:10pm Friday
WAS
CIN
 
8:05pm Friday
BOS
TEX
 
8:10pm Friday
ARI
MIL
 
8:10pm Friday
CWS
HOU
 
8:10pm Friday
TOR
MIN
 
8:15pm Friday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Friday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Friday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Friday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Friday
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Friday
ATL
SFG
 
2:10pm Saturday
TOR
MIN
 
3:05pm Saturday
COL
PHI
 
4:05pm Saturday
TAM
BAL
 
4:10pm Saturday
ARI
MIL
 
4:10pm Saturday
CWS
HOU
 
4:10pm Saturday
MIA
NYM
 
4:10pm Saturday
WAS
CIN
 
7:15pm Saturday
BOS
TEX
 
7:15pm Saturday
KAN
CHC
 
7:15pm Saturday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Saturday
ATL
SFG
 
10:05pm Saturday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Saturday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Saturday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Saturday
PIT
SDP
 
1:10pm Sunday
MIA
NYM
 
1:10pm Sunday
WAS
CIN
 
1:35pm Sunday
COL
PHI
 
1:35pm Sunday
TAM
BAL
 
2:10pm Sunday
ARI
MIL
 
2:10pm Sunday
CWS
HOU
 
2:10pm Sunday
TOR
MIN
 
2:15pm Sunday
LOS
STL
 
2:20pm Sunday
KAN
CHC
 
3:05pm Sunday
BOS
TEX
 
4:05pm Sunday
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Sunday
NYY
OAK
 
4:10pm Sunday
CLE
SEA
 
8:05pm Sunday
DET
ANA
 
9:10pm Sunday
PIT
SDP
 
9:00pm Tonight
HOU
GSW
9:00pm Friday
GSW
HOU
 
9:00pm Sunday
HOU
GSW
 
8:00pm Tonight
ANA
CHI
8:00pm Friday
TAM
NYR
 
8:00pm Saturday
CHI
ANA
 
12:00pm Friday
AUBURN
CHARLESTON
 
1:00pm Friday
CALIFORNIA
CCAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
COLUMBIA
ECAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
ORALROBRTS
ARKANSAS
 
1:00pm Friday
OREGON
IOWA
 
1:00pm Friday
SFLORIDA
FAU
 
1:00pm Friday
WRIGHTST
NOTREDAME
 
2:00pm Friday
MICHIGAN
BRADLEY
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
2:30pm Friday
TEXAS
OREGONST
 
3:00pm Friday
INDIANA
RADFORD
 
3:30pm Friday
ULLAFAYETE
RICE
 
4:00pm Friday
LEHIGH
LSU
 
6:00pm Friday
CANISIUS
SWMISSOURI
 
6:00pm Friday
CLEMSON
ARIZONAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MERCER
FLORIDAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MOREHEADST
LOUISVILLE
 
6:00pm Friday
VIRGINIA
USC
 
7:00pm Friday
FIU
MIAFLA
 
7:00pm Friday
FLAAM
FLORIDA
 
7:00pm Friday
MARYLAND
MISS
 
7:00pm Friday
SACREDHART
TCU
 
7:00pm Friday
STJOHNS
OKLAHOMAST
 
7:00pm Friday
TSOUTHERN
TEXASAM
 
7:00pm Friday
VCU
DALLASBAPT
 
8:00pm Friday
HSTNBAPT
HOUSTON
 
8:00pm Friday
LIPSCOMB
VANDERBILT
 
8:00pm Friday
OHIO
ILLINOIS
 
8:00pm Friday
TULANE
NWILMINGTN
 
10:00pm Friday
PEPPERDINE
FULLERTON
 
10:00pm Friday
SANDIEGOST
CSANTABAR
 
11:00pm Friday
CSBAKER
UCLA
 
7th
ROC 2
DUR 0
 
7:05pm Friday
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6:35pm Saturday
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5:05pm Sunday
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