Roark on mound for series finale vs. Braves (plus lineups)

The Nationals are fielding the majority of their regular lineup with a chance to split their four-game series with the Braves this afternoon.

The only change from yesterday is Sandy Leon starting behind the plate a day game after a night game.

Right-hander Tanner Roark is on the mound looking to continue an extended run of strong pitching. The 27-year-old hasn’t surrendered more than three runs since May 3 for a streak of eight straight starts with three earned runs or fewer.

During that stretch, Roark is 4-3 with a 1.92 ERA, holding opponents to a .214 average and .569 OPS. Pretty good.

Atlanta answers with right-hander Ervin Santana, who is 5-4 with a 4.12 ERA. He has pitched to a 3.67 ERA in four career starts against the Nationals. He has struggled of late, however.

Since going 4-0 with a 1.99 ERA over his first six starts this year, Santana is 1-4 with a 6.17 ERA over his last seven starts.

For the Nationals
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
LF Ryan Zimmerman
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
C Sandy Leon
RHP Tanner Roark

For the Braves
2B Tommy La Stella
CF B.J. Upton
1B Freddie Freeman
C Evan Gattis
RF Jason Heyward
LF Justin Upton
3B Chris Johnson
SS Andrelton Simmons
RHP Ervin Santana

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