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Washington Nationals’ Austin Voth struggles second time through Atlanta Braves’ lineup...

Austin Voth retired the first nine batters he faced last night, then things went all pear-shaped for the right-hander...

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In two starts and 8 23 IP against the Atlanta Braves before last night, Austin Voth had given up 16 hits (four home runs), five walks, and 10 earned runs (10.38 ERA), with seven of those hits, three of the home runs, and five of the runs coming in 4 23 IP last week in Trust Park.

Voth talked after that outing about getting out of his own head, and just throwing.

“I felt like I went out there and I just had a plan to attack, attack, attack,” Voth said.

“Missed some locations, paid on those, and I gave it my all today, but definitely not the end result that I wanted, but I think I’m slowly getting there.”

Through seven starts overall, the 28-year-old right-hander had a 8.26 ERA, a 7.63 FIP, 12 walks, 23 Ks, and a .322/.393/.653 line against in 28 13 IP after that outing.

Voth retired the first nine batters he faced last night, and showed off a sharp curveball early, getting two swinging and five called strikes with the pitch on the night.

It was 3-0 Nationals after one, and 5-0 after two, but after walking Ronald Acuña, Jr. to start the fourth and giving up a bomb of a home run to right by Freddie Freeman on a 2-2 fastball in the next at bat, it was 5-2.

Voth came back out for the fifth, and retired the first bat, but hit Tyler Flowers with his 83rd pitch, so manager Davey Martinez went to the bullpen...

Austin Voth’s Line: 4.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 Ks, 1 HR, 83 P, 49 S, 2/5 GO/FO.

Wander Suero took over with Ronald Acuña, Jr. at the plate and gave up a two-run home run on a first-pitch cutter low and in the middle of the plate, 5-4.

“Acuña is killing balls down in the zone, you know,” manager Davey Martinez said after what ended up a 7-6 loss.

“That’s where Suero threw the ball, down in the zone. We went out there, we explained to him to get the ball up and he threw it down and he hit it a long way.”

The Nationals added a run in the bottom of the fifth, 6-4, but the Braves tied it on a two-run shot by Freeman (again) in the top of the seventh, and went up on a solo homer by Dansby Swanson in the eighth, which ended up being the game-winner.

Voth’s outing?

“We got to — he was lights out for three innings today, and then what I noticed, his velo went down, and then his mechanics kind of went sideways on him a little bit there,” his manager said.

“He hit Flowers. He started opening up, he started yanking balls, so that’s an indication he’s either getting tired or he lost focus.”

“I like where I’m at right now,” Voth said when asked what went wrong the second time he faced the Braves’ lineup.

“I’m throwing the ball well the first time through the lineup, and just having a little bit of hiccups here and there.

“I think eventually I’m going to push through that and work through second time, third time through the lineup.”

“We got to keep working with him,” Martinez added, “... we got to keep talking to him. We’ve got to figure out what’s happening in those middle innings, because when he’s on he’s got good stuff, and he was on today, he was really good, he was topping 93, mixing his curveball really well, threw a couple of nice changeups, so we got to figure out and get him over that hump.

“He’s part of our future, so he’s going to be out there. Right now he’s going to go out there and go pitch, so we’ll see if we can get him past those four and get him into that fifth of sixth inning.”

“I think I’m that type of guy that can do that,” Voth said. “I know I’ve done it in the past, and there’s no reason for me not to be able to do that.”