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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 Strasburg.

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 later.

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

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 4
DUR 8
 
11:05am Today
CHR
DUR
 
7:00pm Tonight
MIA
CHA
Final
PIT 1
CIN 4
Final
CLE 2
KAN 8
Final
WAS 2
ANA 7
Final
TOR 9
BAL 3
Final
DET 8
CWS 6
Final
ATL 0
MIA 1
Final
TAM 7
MIN 3
Final
BOS 3
NYY 9
Final
NYM 0
STL 3
Final
CHC 9
ARI 2
Final
MIL 1
SDP 2
Final
COL 2
SFG 1
Final
OAK 4
TEX 5
Final
SEA 2
HOU 5
Final
LOS 2
PHI 3
12:10pm Today
ATL
MIA
 
2:20pm Today
CHC
ARI
 
3:10pm Today
COL
SFG
 
3:35pm Today
OAK
TEX
 
3:40pm Today
SEA
HOU
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
CIN
 
7:05pm Tonight
CLE
KAN
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
ANA
 
7:07pm Tonight
TOR
BAL
 
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CWS
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
MIN
 
7:10pm Tonight
BOS
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
NYM
STL
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIL
SDP
 
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
PHI
 
Final
IND 101
ATL 85
Final
TOR 100
BRK 95
Final
CHI 99
WAS 101
7:00pm Tonight
MIA
CHA
8:00pm Tonight
SAN
DAL
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
POR
Final
MON 4
TAM 3
Final
DET 0
BOS 3
Final
PHI 1
NYR 4
Final
LOS 3
SJS 4
7:00pm Tonight
CLB
PIT
8:00pm Tonight
DAL
ANA
9:30pm Tonight
CHI
STL
Final
CHR 4
DUR 8
 
11:05am Today
CHR
DUR