Sep 6, 2015, 12:13 PM EST
With a huge series against the Mets awaiting them on Monday, the Nationals enter Sunday with a chance to secure a four-game sweep against the Atlanta Braves and make it five straight wins overall. The Nats are playing some of their best baseball of the 2015 season and they will hope to keep it rolling before they face New York.
Rookie Joe Ross (5-5, 3.50) will take the mound in his 13th career start. He’s hoping to bounce back from an ugly outing in St. Louis when he walked six batters in just 2 2/3 innings of work. This is his first matchup against the Braves.
Starting for Atlanta will be lefty Manny Banuelos (1-3, 3.33). He also lasted only 2 2/3 innings in his last outing, a 7-1 Braves loss to the Marlins.
The Nats lineup originally had Ryan Zimmerman in at first, but he was a late scratch. Tyler Moore replaced him in the field with Yunel Escobar moving to the cleanup spot.
Stay tuned for updates…
ATLANTA BRAVES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 185/841
Weather: Partly cloudy, 81 degrees, Wind 5 mph out to RF
LF Jayson Werth
2B Anthony Rendon
RF Bryce Harper
3B Yunel Escobar
SS Ian Desmond
C Wilson Ramos
CF Michael Taylor
1B Tyler Moore
RHP Joe Ross
RF Nick Markakis
2B Jace Peterson
3B Hector Olivera
1B Freddie Freeman
C A.J. Pierzynski
LF Nick Swisher
3B Adonis Garcia
SS Andrelton Simmons
CF Michael Bourn
LHP Manny Banuelos
HP Andy Fletcher
1B Clint Fagan
2B Paul Emmel
3B Jerry Meals (cc)
1:35 p.m. — And we are underway on a beautiful afternoon at Nationals Park…
1:57 p.m. — The Nationals find themselves down a run early in this one as the Braves got to Ross in the first inning. Markakis led off with a double over Taylor’s head in center field and later scored on a single to right field by Swisher. It’s 1-0 Atlanta.
2:24 p.m. — Another game, another big lead for the Nats. The Nationals are now up 5-1 after two innings thanks to a two-RBI double by Taylor and a three-run homer by Werth, his seventh of the season. Taylor smacked his double to the left field corner and scored Escobar and Desmond. Werth then roped his homer to left field to score Taylor and Ross, who was hit in the side by a pitch from Banuelos. Ross will go back out there for the third inning with a four-run lead to work with.
2:46 p.m. — Make it 7-1, Nats. Harper led off with his 34th homer of the season, a moonshot to left-center field. Their second run came with one out when Moore hit a groundball to Garcia at third base with the bases loaded. Garcia couldn’t corral it and was charged with an error as Escobar charged home. On to the fourth as Ross now has a six-run lead to work with.
3:09 p.m. — I hope you like homers, because the Nats added another one in the fourth inning. Rendon smacked his fourth of the season to left field. That made it an 8-2 game after the Braves notched a second run in the fourth on an infield single by Bourn.
3:37 p.m. — The Braves pushed two more runs across to make it 8-4, Nats. They got their runs on a single by Pierzynski and a sac fly by Swisher. Both runs were charged to Ross, though they came against Sammy Solis who entered with one out and two men on.
3:56 p.m. — The game remains at 8-4 after six innings. Casey Janssen and Felipe Rivero combined to pitch a scoreless sixth inning, though Bourn made it to second after reaching on a passed ball. Rivero will stay out there to pitch the seventh.
4:15 p.m. — We’re still locked at 8-4 as Drew Storen will now come in to pitch the eighth.
FINAL NL EAST STANDINGS
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