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Saturday, April 13th
(All times eastern)
Atlanta Braves (9-1) at Washington Nationals (7-3), 1:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Atlanta - Tim Hudson (1-0, 3.27)
Washington - Stephen Strasburg (1-1, 4.38)
(Sports Network) - Off to their best start since the 1994 season, the Atlanta
Braves face a tough task this afternoon when they go up against Stephen
Atlanta scored all its runs last night after the sixth inning of its 6-4
triumph in 10 innings. Ramiro Pena helped spark a rally in the ninth and then
delivered the knockout punch in the 10th by clubbing a two-run homer as the
Braves won their seventh game in a row. It's their longest winning streak
since capturing nine straight, May 26 - June 3, 2010.
"We're having fun out there," Braves infielder Chris Johnson said. "We know
the game's not over until we're back in the clubhouse."
Strasburg is coming off a loss Sunday at Cincinnati, when he allowed nine hits
and six runs over 5 1/3 innings. The hard-throwing right-hander has been
mediocre against the Braves. He's 3-3 with a 4.17 ERA in seven games.
Tim Hudson tries to continue Atlanta's amazing early-season success today. The
righty tossed 6 2/3 innings against the Cubs on Sunday in a 5-1 triumph.
Hudson gave up three hits and a run, while logging seven strikeouts. Over his
career, Hudson is 14-5 with a 2.65 ERA in 26 games against the Nationals, but
last season was 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA in three games versus the NL East rival.
The Braves haven't had this good of a start since winning 13 of their first 14
games in 1994.
Last night, Pena's pinch-hit bunt single in the ninth helped lay the
foundation for a two-run inning against Washington reliever Drew Storen. Pena
crushed a Craig Stammen (2-1) fastball into the right-field seats an inning
Eric O'Flaherty (2-0) tossed a perfect ninth and Craig Kimbrel locked it down
in the 10th to notch his fifth save of the young season.
Ross Detwiler put in another strong start for Washington, but once again
didn't factor into the decision despite leaving with a 4-1 lead. He struck out
five and scattered four hits over seven innings, but the Nationals lost for
the first time in seven home games this season.
"To have your starter do what he did and not get the win for him is very
disappointing," Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard said.
The Braves won each of the last four head-to-head meetings in 2012, but the
Nationals won the season series, 10-8.
04/13 10:28:05 ET