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Joc Pederson, Stephen Vogt in the lineup Thursday against the Nationals

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Pederson returns after a one-game absence

Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images

Despite dropping a 4-2 decision to the Washington Nationals Wednesday night, the Atlanta Braves were able to maintain their lead in the NL East standings thanks to losses by the Phillies and the Mets. The Braves will try to keep the pressure on Thursday night when they wrap up a three-game series against the Washington Nationals. Huascar Ynoa will get the start for Atlanta while Erick Fedde will be on the mound for Washington.

For the Braves, Joc Pederson returns to the lineup and will be hitting sixth and playing center field. Stephen Vogt gets the start behind the plate and will hit eighth.

The Nationals will stick with the same lineup for Thursday’s series finale. Yadiel Hernandez gets another start in left field and will hit fifth. Rookie catcher Keibert Ruiz will be behind the plate and hitting seventh.

Thursday’s game has a 7:20 p.m. ET start time and can be seen on Bally Sports South.