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Saturday, April 12th (All times eastern)

Washington Nationals (7-3) at Atlanta Braves (6-4), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Washington - Taylor Jordan (0-0, 1.42) Atlanta - Alex Wood (1-1, 1.93)

(SportsNetwork.com) - Taylor Jordan has seen plenty of the Atlanta Braves since last season. The righty faces them for a third straight time when the Nationals continue their weekend set at Turner Field.

Jordan's final start of 2013 came in Atlanta in a 3-2 loss when he gave up two unearned runs over six innings. His first start of 2014 came Sunday against the Braves, as he limited the club to a run over 6 1/3 innings in a no- decision.

Alex Wood counters for the Braves. The 23-year-old lefty is coming off a loss to the Nationals and Jordan on Sunday, a 2-1 final. Wood allowed four hits and a pair of runs over seven frames. Wood has an 0-1 mark in three career games versus the Nationals, but has a scant 1.50 ERA.

In Friday's opener, Justin Upton finished 3-for-3 with a home run and the game-winning bloop single in the bottom of the 10th inning to lead the Braves to a 7-6 win.

Chris Johnson singled with two outs in the bottom of the 10th off Jerry Blevins (1-1) and was replaced on first base by Jordan Schafer. With the count full, Schafer took off on Blevins' delivery to Upton and was nearly rounding third by the time Upton's hit landed. Bryce Harper fumbled the ball in right field, and Schafer scored without a throw.

Luis Avilan (2-1) pitched a scoreless 10th to take the win.

"When you play a team that's as good as yours or pretty equal, a mistake can cost you," said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. "It didn't cost us today. ... There's going to be more games like this than not."

Johnson also had three hits for Atlanta, which has won three of four meetings with Washington this season. Starter Julio Teheran scattered 10 hits and five runs -- two earned -- over six innings.

The Nationals got just 4 2/3 innings from starter Tanner Roark, who surrendered five runs on five hits. Ryan Zimmerman smacked his second homer of the year in the setback.

"It's important to win games, and both teams want to win," said Nationals manager Matt Williams. "It's good, it makes for good baseball, it makes for exciting games. One swing of the bat either way can make the difference, and tonight it was there turn."

The Braves have won 19 of the last 27 games between the clubs.

04/12 10:33:09 ET