Brandon Beachy has sparkled all season for Atlanta, and the Atlanta Braves hope the right-hander can get them back on track in the series finale againstWashington Nationals at Turner Field on Sunday. Beachy, the major-league leader in ERA (1.77), takes the hill trying to stop Atlanta’s six-game losing streak. The Nationals padded their National League East lead with victories in the first two games of the series, scoring 15 runs.
Washington leads the majors in ERA (2.95), thanks in part to the start by off-season acquisition Gio Gonzalez. The left-hander will go after his seventh victory Sunday. Gonzalez is third in the majors in ERA (1.98), so runs figure to be at a premium with Beachy and Gonzalez on the mound. The Nationals hold a 2½-game advantage on New York and Miami in the NL East. The Braves have dropped to fourth place, three games out and only one game ahead of last-place Philadelphia.
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When: 8:05 PM ET, Sunday, May 27, 2012
Where: Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia
TV: 8:05 p.m. ET, ESPN
PITCHING MATCHUP: Washington LH Gio Gonzalez (6-1, 1.98 ERA) vs. Atlanta RH Brandon Beachy (5-2, 1.77)
In his first season in the NL, Gonzalez is putting together a Cy Young-worthy season. The left-hander has won his past four starts, striking out 28 in his past 18 innings with only 12 hits allowed. Gonzalez gave up three hits and no earned runs in his last start, a six-inning appearance Monday at Philadelphia.
Beachy lost for the first time since April 9 in his last start, giving up three homers Tuesday in seven innings at Cincinnati. The right-hander threw a five-hit, complete-game shutout against Miami on May 17, striking out six and walking nobody.
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1. Washington manager Davey Johnson announced Chien-Ming Wang, who got the win in relief Friday, will replace Ross Detwiler in the starting rotation.
2. Atlanta started J.C. Boscan at catcher Saturday, with Brian McCann (flu) and David Ross (groin) sidelined. The Braves hope McCann can start Sunday.
3. Washington infielder Chad Tracy injured his right leg on his game-tying pinch-hit double in the sixth inning Saturday. Tracy leads the majors with nine pinch-hit RBIs.