Game 64 lineups: Nats vs. Braves

The Nationals’ 2-1 win Friday night was arguably one of their best of the season, with Jake Irvin outdueling Chris Sale in front of a sellout crowd. Now they try to keep it going today with another talented young starter taking the mound.

Like Irvin, MacKenzie Gore was really good when he faced the Braves a mere 10 days ago in Atlanta, striking out 10 with zero walks and allowing one earned run in 5 1/3 innings. He was not, however, good five days ago against the Mets when he was roughed up for six runs in 4 1/3 innings and struck out only two. It was one of the left-hander’s only blowups so far this season, as evidenced by the fact his ERA is still a solid 3.57, but he can’t let that become a trend and needs to get back on track this afternoon.

The Nationals are facing a familiar opponent in Charlie Morton, and they hit the veteran right-hander quite well two weeks ago, to the tune of eight runs on 12 hits in 5 2/3 innings. Four of those runs came in the top of the first, and you better believe Davey Martinez is pleading with his guys to get off to a good start again today.

Nationals Park

Gametime: 4:05 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 FM, 88.7 FM (Spanish),
Weather: Partly cloudy, 85 degrees, wind 10 mph out to right field

SS CJ Abrams
RF Lane Thomas
LF Jesse Winker
DH Eddie Rosario
2B Luis García Jr.
C Keibert Ruiz
3B Nick Senzel
1B Joey Gallo
CF Jacob Young

LHP MacKenzie Gore

2B Ozzie Albie
3B Austin Riley
DH Marcell Ozuna
1B Matt Olson
RF Adam Duvall
SS Orlando Arcia
CF Michael Harris II
C Sean Murphy
LF Jarred Kelenic

RHP Charlie Morton

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