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Friday, July 25 (All times Eastern)

San Diego Padres (45-56) at Atlanta Braves (55-47), 7:35 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: San Diego - Jesse Hahn (5-2, 2.21) Atlanta - Alex Wood (7-7, 3.24)

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlanta Braves try to get themselves right on Friday when they begin a four-game series with the San Diego Padres at Turner Field.

Atlanta was a game ahead of the Washington Nationals after play ended last Friday. However, the Braves head into this weekend's series trailing the Nationals by 1 1/2 games thanks to losses in four of their last six games.

Atlanta seemed headed toward a win on Thursday, but normally-reliable closer Craig Kimbrel blew a save in a 3-2 loss.

"That's part of baseball, not everything goes perfect every time you go out there," Kimbrel said. "You just have to find a way to get through it. Unfortunately, we weren't able to do it tonight."

Alex Wood will take the ball on Friday trying to put back-to-back wins together after beating Philadelphia his last time out. Wood held the Phillies to a run and three hits over six innings in that one to improve to 7-7, while lowering his ERA to 3.24.

"In terms of that first start back, it's a little nerve-wracking, because you hope you go out there and have that same feel you had before the break and during the beginning of the season," Wood said. "My No. 1 goal going into my first start back after the All-Star break was no walks, and somehow I was able to manage not to walk anybody, so hopefully I'll just continue to build off that."

Wood, who will be making his first-ever start versus the Padres, is 2-1 with a 2.87 ERA in five starts since returning to the rotation.

San Diego, meanwhile, will counter with righty Jesse Hahn, who is 5-2 with a 2.21 ERA. Hahn hasn't pitched since July 11 when he beat the Los Angeles Dodgers by allowing a run and three hits over six innings.

Hahn has lasted at least five full innings in all of his starts except his debut.

"Just like any pitcher, we'll watch the game," Padres manager Bud Black said. "We'll watch how he's throwing. But as far as an innings limit or pitch limit, no. He's built up his stamina where it needs to be. He's a young pitcher, fresh arm. He should be fine to go."

San Diego, which has won four of five overall after taking two of three from the Chicago Cubs this past week, has beaten the Braves in seven of the last nine matchups.

07/25 10:45:12 ET

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Local
Final
CHI 5
CAR 2
Final
SAV 49
NCCU 62
 
Final
MIA 7
FIU 2
 
Final
DET 12
FLASO 2
 
Final
PHI 103
TOR 114
Final
BRK 110
GSW 108
Final
MIA 115
PHO 98
Final
MIN 105
LAC 110
Final
DAL 102
NOP 93
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TEX 61
BAY 59
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SYR 47
UVA 59
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SHSU 76
CARK 49
 
Final
NWST 92
SELA 79
 
Final
NCAT 67
COOK 50
 
Final
HOW 61
NORST 59
 
Final
DELST 85
HAMP 75
 
Final
STEPH 83
INCWORD 62
 
Final
MCNST 70
LAM 69
 
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NO 79
NICST 89
 
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SAV 49
NCCU 62
 
Final
ALAAM 75
TXSOU 77
 
Final
VT 59
BC 66
Final
MVSU 66
GRAM 62
 
Final
ISU 77
OKLA 70
 
Final
ALAST 65
PVU 67
 
Final
ARKPB 64
JST 62
 
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NYR 4
NAS 1
Final
CHI 5
CAR 2
2nd
SJS 3
MON 0