Atlanta Braves knock off Nationals 6-5 in extra innings

The Braves mob Brian McCann after he knocked in the winning run.

For the second straight night, the Nationals and Braves played extra innings, but this time it was Atlanta that came away with the victory, 6-5 in 10 innings.

The Nationals blew a four-run lead en route to the extra-inning loss.

Atlanta catcher Brian McCann drove home the winning run, lining a Doug Slaten pitch to right field, scoring Martin Prado. Prado played the hero earlier in the game when he hit a grand slam in the seventh inning to tie the score at 5.

The loss spoiled the effort of Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann who struck out a career high 11 batters, while limiting the Braves to one run over 6 1/3 innings.

Washington jumped out to an early 5-1 lead thanks in part to home runs by Danny Espinosa and Ivan Rodriguez.

The Nationals return home Friday to begin a three-game series with the Florida Marlins. Tom Gorzelanny will make the start for Washington, while Florida will counter with Chris Volstad.