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  W: D. Keuchel (7-5)   L: P. Corbin (11-7)   S: S. Greene (1)
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Keuchel, Braves look to stop Nationals

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Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves

  1. The season series between the Braves and Nationals is tied at six wins apiece after Atlanta took two of three in the nation's capital at the end of July. The Nats are 4-2 at Atlanta this season with their starting pitchers posting a 3.48 ERA after going 4-6 with a 5.73 starting pitcher ERA there in 2018.
  2. After sweeping two in Toronto, the Braves have pushed their winning streak to six games, and are a major league-best 14-2 since August 17. Atlanta has allowed three runs or less 12 times in its last 16 games, and on the season, it has the NL's second-best record when holding opponents to three or fewer runs at 50-7 (.877) trailing only Washington at 50-5 (.909).
  3. Stephen Strasburg won his career-best 16th game Saturday with eight shutout innings against Miami, the second time in three starts he didn't allow a run. Since the start of July, he has made five starts where he has not permitted a run. The only pitcher to have more in that span with a minimum of 50 innings pitched is the Cardinals' Jack Flaherty with six.
  4. Max Fried, who will oppose Strasburg, has won his last six decisions and beat the White Sox on Friday for his 15th win of the season. He is the first Braves lefty with 15 wins in a season since Hall of Famer Tom Glavine had 18 victories in 2002.
  5. Freddie Freeman is 9-for-22 (.409) with three homers, three doubles, nine RBI and seven runs during the Braves' six-game winning streak. Freeman has been on base an NL-best 243 times as he aims to finish the season leading the NL in times on base for the third time in his career (also in 2014 and 2018).
  6. Anthony Rendon is 14-for-27 (.519) with three homers, 10 RBI and 11 runs in his last seven games, and has reached base safely in 20 straight games. Since August 14, he has 13 multi-hit games -- tied with the White Sox's Tim Anderson for the most in MLB.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/5/2019 thru 9/8/2019
(AP Photo/Butch Dill)

This is just the sort of game the Braves had in mind when they acquired Dallas Keuchel. Now the veteran must find a way to get past his Washington jinx.

The former Cy Young winner will get the start Friday when Atlanta hosts the Washington Nationals in the second game of a four-game series. Keuchel (6-5, 3.72 ERA) will be opposed by Patrick Corbin (11-6, 3.19) in a matchup of high-caliber left-handers.

The Braves won the first game 4-2 on Thursday and extended their lead in the National League East division to eight games over the Nationals. The Braves have won seven straight and 11 in a row at home, one shy of matching the modern-era franchise record. Atlanta has won 15 of its last 17.

The game will be a rematch of July 29, when Corbin outpitched Keuchel en route to a 6-3 Washington win. Corbin gave up two runs in six innings that night, while Keuchel allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings.

That just added to the frustration for Keuchel, who has never beaten Washington. His efforts against the Nationals have been forgettable. In five career starts, he's 0-3 with a 5.08 ERA. That includes an 0-2 record and 6.10 ERA in a pair of starts this season.

But Keuchel has pitched like an ace the last four times he's taken the mound. Since Aug. 14, Keuchel is 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA. That stretch includes two scoreless stints against the New York Mets, a six-inning effort on Aug. 14 and a seven-inning start on Aug. 25. In his most recent start, Keuchel allowed two runs on nine hits, two hit batters and had three strikeouts in six innings against the Chicago White Sox.

"We've been pretty gritty, even with guys out," Keuchel said. "We still have to clean up some aspects of the game, but we've got a whole month. Hopefully we can work on a few minor adjustments. We'll just keep having fun."

Corbin has been a difficult foe for the Braves throughout his career. In 11 appearances, nine starts, he's 6-1 with a 1.96 ERA and has 58 strikeouts in 59 2/3 innings. He's faced Atlanta twice this year, going 1-0 with a 3.27 ERA.

Corbin won his last start on Sept. 1 against Miami. He allowed three runs on three hits, three walks and eight strikeouts.

The veteran is comfortable with his spot in the veteran pitching rotation, but he wants to make sure he pulls his weight. Corbin, Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer each have surpassed 200 strikeouts, allowing the Nationals to join the 1969 Houston Astros as the only team to achieve that feat.

"You don't want to be that weak link," Corbin said. "Every fifth day if they're losing your game, you don't want that, so you try to go up there and one-up the person before you. I think the good thing here is everyone is trying to help each other and give information when they need to."

Washington's Anthony Rendon extended his on-base streak to 21 games with a single on Thursday; he had a 27-game streak earlier this season.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 6, 2019

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