Lombardozzi leading off, Gonzalez starting as Nats seek sweep

Steve Lombardozzi is back in the Nationals’ lineup after not playing Saturday, earning his fifth start in eight contests.

Lombardozzi owns a team-best .310 batting average to go with eight runs and five RBIs.

Gio Gonzalez is on the mound as the Nats look to close out a sweep of the Braves. Gonzalez can overtake Stephen Strasburg for the team strikeouts lead. The left-hander has fanned 69 on the season, which stands one behind Strasburg, and enters the night 6-1 with a 1.98 ERA.

Gonzalez faces Atlanta’s Brandon Beachy, who takes a 5-2 record and 1.77 ERA into the contest.

Here’s the lineups for tonight’s game, which is nationally televised at 8:05 p.m.

For the Nationals:
Steve Lombardozzi LF
Bryce Harper RF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Adam LaRoche 1B
Ian Desmond SS
Danny Espinosa 2B
Rick Ankiel CF
Jesus Flores C
Gio Gonzalez LHP

For the Braves:
Michael Bourn CF
Tyler Pastornicky SS
Martin Prado 3B
Dan Uggla 2B
Matt Diaz LF
Eric Hinske 1B
Jason Heyward RF
J.C. Boscan C
Brandon Beachy RHP

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