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Monday, August 5th (All times Eastern)
Atlanta Braves (67-45) at Washington Nationals (54-57), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Atlanta - Mike Minor (11-5, 2.75) Washington - Stephen Strasburg (5-9, 3.04)
(Sports Network) - Lefty Mike Minor can keep the good times rolling for the Atlanta Braves on Monday night when they head to Nationals Park to begin a three-game series with the host Washington Nationals.
Leaders by 12 1/2 games over Washington in the National League East, the Braves have won 10 straight games, including a three-game sweep of Philadelphia that concluded Sunday at Citizens Bank Park.
Chris Johnson collected two RBI and Alex Wood spun six strong innings of one- run ball as the Braves notched a 4-1 decision.
Jason Heyward scored twice and knocked in a run, while Justin Upton added a run-scoring double for the Braves, who haven't tasted defeat since July 25 at New York.
Wood (2-2) limited the Phillies to two hits and as many walks while striking out three to earn his second straight victory. Craig Kimbrel worked around a one-out single in the ninth to secure his 34th save of the season.
Minor, an 11-game winner last season, equaled that total in his last start on July 31 against Colorado when he tossed seven innings of scoreless, two-hit ball in a 9-0 victory.
He's won two straight starts and three of four since a five-outing drought that stretched from June 15 to July 8 and left him with an 8-4 record.
In four games since, he's allowed six runs on 17 hits in 29 innings of work, lowering his earned run average to a stingy 2.75 in 144 overall innings.
He's 3-2 in his career against the Nationals in six starts.
For Washington, righty Stephen Strasburg faces the Braves for the 11th time in his 67th major-league outing.
He pitched just two innings, allowing a run on two hits, against Atlanta in their last meeting on May 31, striking out two batters in a game the Nationals ultimately won, 3-2.
He's 3-4 overall against Atlanta and carries a 3.55 ERA with 61 strikeouts in 50 2/3 innings.
Strasburg is 0-3 in four starts since last winning on July 7 against San Diego.
On Sunday in Milwaukee, Jeff Bianchi's two-run single capped a five-run sixth inning as the Brewers avoided a three-game sweep with an 8-5 win over the Nationals.
Adam LaRoche and Anthony Rendon each hit a solo homer and Kurt Suzuki had a pair of RBI for the Nationals, losers in three of five.
Fernando Abad (0-3) was pegged with the loss after giving up two runs in the sixth.
The Braves are 7-3 against Washington this season.
08/05 10:35:44 ET
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