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Bet on the MLBAfter a long night to begin this pivotal series, the Atlanta Braves will once again attempt to cut into the Washington Nationals lead over them tonight. Game two's first pitch is scheduled for 7:05ET in Nationals Park.

Entering last night's affair, the Braves had hopes of sweeping the Nats to cut their division leading lead to just 2 games. That's not going to happen after the Nationals emerged victorious 5-4 in 13 innings. The game was won on an infield base hit and a Dan Uggla error allowing the winning run to score.

So Washington (76-46), adds to its league-leading most wins and is now 6 in front of Atlanta (70-52). The Braves still maintain the lead for one of the two NL wild card spots. The Nationals have won 2 in a row and 7 of 10. They are 35-23 in DC. The Braves are losers of 3 straight and an even 5-5 over their last 10. They have played well on the road with a 34-23 mark outside of Georgia.

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Tonight's pitchers finds ex-Cubbie southpaw Paul Maholm (11-7, 3.39 ERA) going for the Braves against the Nationals ace righthander Stephen Strasburg (14-5, 2.91 ERA). Against left-handers, the Nationals are 23-16 on the season, posting a 2-3 record in their last 10. Against righties, the Braves are 49-27 overall, and 2-3 in their last 10.

Atlanta is 17-8 SU in their last 25 games, and 6-3 SU in their last 9 road games. The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Atlanta's last 8 games, and the total has gone OVER in 4 of their last 5 on the road. The Nationals are 13-3 SU in their last 16 affairs, and 5-1 SU in their last 6 at home. The total has gone OVER in 8 of Washington's last 10 games.

Between these two teams, Washington is 11-4 SU in the last 15 games playing Atlanta. The Nationals are 6-3 SU in their last 9 playing at home against the Braves. The total has gone OVER in 5 of the Nationals' last 7 games playing Atlanta, but the total has gone UNDER in 6 of the last 9 games between the two in Washington.

Washington is a home favorite in the Bet Royal baseball odds at a -$155, while Atlanta is a +$145. As the favorite, the Nationals are 55-28 overall, and 5-1 in their last 10. The Braves, as the dog, are 22-21 on the year, and 0-1 in their last 10. The over/under of 7 total runs is available at a -$110.

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