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Atlanta Braves squander 9th inning lead, lose to Nationals 5-2 in 10
Atlanta has now dropped 10 straight games
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Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons (19) jumps over Washington Nationals' Yunel Escobar (5) who was out at second base, as Simmons completes the double play on Jose Lobaton during the fourth inning of Friday's game in Washington. - photo by Alex Brandon

Braves vs. Nationals

When: 7:10 tonight

Where: Nationals Park

On TV: Fox Sports South

Michael Taylor had a pinch-hit three-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Washington Nationals to a 5-2 win over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.

Bryce Harper, who hit his 32nd homer in the first inning, singled off Matt Marksberry (0-3) leading off the 10th. Reliever Brandon Cunniff came on and Ryan Zimmerman grounded a single up the middle, sending Harper to third.

Taylor, who missed the last two games with a sore right knee, batted for Jonathan Papelbon and hit a 1-0 pitch over the wall in left-center for his 14th home run.

Washington tied the score on Matt den Dekker’s RBI single with two outs in the ninth.

Papelbon (3-1), in his longest outing of the season, pitched two scoreless innings.

Freddie Freeman had three hits for the Braves, who have lost 10 in a row for the first time since 2006.

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