The Braves were looking to gain some ground on the NL East leading Nationals when the series began on Monday, but they've dropped the last two games -- extending their losing streak to four -- and find themselves seven games behind the Nats in the standings.
Both teams have released their lineups for Thursday. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has decided to employ a right-handed heavy lineup against Washington's Ross Detwiler, a left hander:
Tonight's lineup at WSH (7:05, SPSO/680AM/BRN): Prado 7 Johnson 8 Heyward 9 Jones 5 Freeman 3 Ross 2 Pastornicky 4 Janish 6 Medlen 1— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) August 22, 2012
And here are the starters for the Washington Nationals:
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) August 22, 2012
#Nats 8/22 Lineup: Werth RF, Harper CF, Zim 3B, Morse LF, LaRoche 1B, Desmond SS, Espinosa 2B, Suzuki C, Detwiler LHP
First pitch will be at 7:05 p.m. ET.
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