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Nationals @ Braves: Atlanta hoping to extend NL East lead

Nationals @ Braves MLB odds spreads and predictions

The Atlanta Braves lead the Washington Nationals by 6.5 games in the NL East.

Atlanta extended their division lead over Washington with a 4-3 win on Friday night.

Josh Donaldson stepped up the plate with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth and delivered with an RBI single.

Austin Riley got the Braves on the scoreboard in the fourth with an RBI double. Freddie Freeman then added an RBI single in the fifth inning to extend the lead to two runs.

Ronald Acuna Jr. provided some much-needed insurance with an RBI double in the sixth.

Game information

When is it? Saturday July 20th

What time is first pitch? 7:20 p.m. ET

Where is it being played? SunTrust Park

Which channel is it on? Fox Sports 1

The lowdown

The Washington Nationals fell just short in a back and forth game with the Braves.

Victor Robles provided some late-game heroics with a game-tying two-run home run in the ninth inning. However, Fernando Rodney couldn't close the door in the bottom half of the inning.. Rodney got just one out and surrendered two hits, one earned runs, and walked two.

Anthony Rendon went 2-for-4 and added an RBI single in the sixth.

Nationals @ Braves Runline

The Braves are giving the Nationals 1.5 runs in this matchup.

With this being an important divsion matchup, expect another tightly contested game after the one on Friday night.

The Braves will have the pitching advantage, and if they can get some production from their young-sparky offense, Atlanta should take this one over Washington.

Take the Braves to cover.

Nationals @ Braves Moneyline

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Nationals @ Braves Over/Under

The over/under for this matchup is set at 10 points.

Final score prediction: Washington Nationals 3, Atlanta Braves 5

Take the under in this game.

Where the game will be won or lost

Saturday night's pitching matchup features Mike Soroka for the Atlanta Braves and Anibal Sanchez for the Washington Nationals.

Soroka has been on another level this season and the Braves benefited from his performance. Atlanta has won eight consecutive games in which Soroka has started.

Soroka ranks third in the majors with 10 wins (10-1) and second with a 2.24 ERA.

In his last outing, Soroka threw seven shutout innings while allowing six hits and striking out nine against the Padres.

Meanwhile, the 13-year veteran Sanchez has been scrappy this season, especially as of late, going at least six innings in six consecutive starts. Sanchez has a 3.71 ERA with a 5-6 record.

In his last start, Sanchez allowed three earned on six hits with two strikeouts and two walks against the Phillies.

Stephen Rodriguez
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