Game 44 lineups: Nats vs. Braves (updated, Eaton scratched)

The Nationals lost another lead Friday night to the Braves, but this time persevered into extra innings and won the game 8-7 at Nats Park. Michael A. Taylor's bloop single to right field in the bottom of the 12th scored Adam Eaton with the walk-off run.

Taylor's winning knock was his third career walk-off hit and first since a walk-off double on May 22, 2018, against the Padres. On Thursday night, the Nats led 5-0 after two innings before succumbing 7-6.

The Nats are 4-4 against the Braves this season and still have a shot at a series win. Tonight and tomorrow represent the final two regular season meetings against Atlanta. To give you an idea of how this season has gone, even with Friday's victory, the Nats are only 9-14 at home this season.

Left-hander Patrick Corbin (2-4, 4.34 ERA) opposes Braves right-hander Ian Anderson (2-0, 2.40). Since joining the Nats, Corbin has a 9-3 record with a 2.57 ERA in 20 starts at Nats Park. Corbin took the loss last Sunday as the Braves won 10-3 at Truist Park, allowing five runs on nine hits with four walks and six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

In three starts this season, Anderson has allowed only four earned runs over 15 innings with 18 strikeouts. This is his first career start against the Nats.

The Braves got a scare when Ronald Acuña Jr. had to leave the game early on after taking a baseball foul tipped off his left foot. After the game, the club got some good news when it was reported the X-rays on his foot revealed no fracture, and Acuña is listed as day-to-day. He is back in the lineup tonight.

Thumbnail image for Corbin-Throws-White-Sidebar.jpgThe Nats' concern tonight is their tired bullpen. Manager Davey Martinez hopes he can get six or seven innings from Corbin after having to employ seven relievers in securing the extra-inning victory Friday night.

Juan Soto reached base five times with a pair of hits and three walks. Since Sept. 8, Soto has reached base in 12 of his 15 appearances and has now been walked in a career-high seven straight games.

Yan Gomes contributed a single, a double, a homer and two RBIs. The catcher has now hit safely in 13 of his last 16 games. During that span, he has gone 21-for-61 (.344) at the plate, with five doubles, one triple, three homers, three walks, nine runs scored and 11 RBIs.

Trea Turner singled, doubled, walked and scored twice. His long fly out to deep right field in the 12th inning advanced Eaton to third base, setting the stage for Taylor's heroics. He has hit safely in nine straight games at a .368 clip with six extra-base hits, six stolen bases, 10 runs scored and eight RBIs.

Eric Thames smashed a solo homer in the fifth inning. Two of his three homers this season have come against the Braves.

Martinez has placed rookie outfielder Yadiel Hernández in the lineup, batting ninth. The left fielder will be making his first major league start. Hernández pinch-ran in his first appearance Thursday night.

Update: Eaton has been scratched from the lineup. Asdrúbal Cabrera, playing third base, will bat cleanup and Brock Holt will lead off and play left field. Hernández moves to right field.

WASHINGTON NATIONALS vs. ATLANTA BRAVES
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 6:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, MLB.com
Weather: Sunny, 73 degrees, wind 10 mph out to right field

NATIONALS
LF Brock Holt
SS Trea Turner
DH Juan Soto
3B Asdrúbal Cabrera
1B Eric Thames
C Yan Gomes
2B Luis García
CF Michael A. Taylor
RF Yadiel Hernández

LHP Patrick Corbin

BRAVES

CF Ronald Acuña Jr.
1B Freddie Freeman
LF Marcell Ozuna
DH Travis d'Arnaud
SS Dansby Swanson
3B Austin Riley
RF Adam Duvall
C Tyler Flowers
2B Ozzie Albies

RHP Ian Anderson

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