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Washington Nationals’ lineup for third of four with Atlanta Braves in SunTrust Park

Washington’s Nationals try to avoid a third straight loss in Atlanta while the Braves try to build their lead in the NL East.

Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Atlanta Braves’ lefty Sean Newcomb held the Washington Nationals to two runs on four hits in Thursday’s series opener, and Mike Foltynewicz threw a complete game shutout in Friday night’s win.

Davey Martinez’s Nationals have now lost two straight for just the second time in the last 38 games.

“They pitched well,” Martinez said after last night’s 4-0 loss. “We come out tomorrow, and who knows, we can score ten runs with our lineup. So we’ve just got to keep playing baseball, things turn around that quick, so let the boys go rest, come back tomorrow and play at 4:00.”

What gives him confidence that the Nationals will bounce back in the third game of their four-game series in SunTrust Park?

“They’ve been playing really well, they have,” he said. “And I know those guys, they keep their heads up and like I said, they’ll come here tomorrow ready to play and hopefully we score a couple runs early and forget about tonight and go from there.”

Gio Gonzalez gets the ball this afternoon, in the 4:10 PM matchup, trying to extend his own personal unbeaten streak to seven straight starts.

Gonzalez is coming off a strong start against Baltimore in Oriole Park at Camden Yards, which saw him throw 7 23 scoreless in what ended up a 6-0 win.

Brandon McCarthy starts for the Braves, who try to make it three in a row against their NL East rivals, who dropped to 1.5-games back with last night’s loss.

McCarthy gave up nine hits and five earned runs in 5 13 innings in a loss to the New York Mets last time he took the mound. He held the Nationals to one run on four hits in 5 13 IP when he faced them in Nationals Park back on April 11th.