Wilson Ramos will miss his second consecutive game after coming down with stomach issues. He said he is feeling better, but is still weak from the illness. Jesus Flores will start his third consecutive game, the first time he has done that in the majors since May 2009.
John Lannan will take the mound against the team that counterbalances his struggles against the Phillies. In 14 career starts against Atlanta, Lannan is 8-4 with a 3.31 ERA. In six starts since the beginning of 2010, Lannan is 5-0 with a 3.13 ERA against the Braves. The Nationals will face Derek Lowe, who shut them out for 5 2/3 innings on opening day. In two starts against Lowe since, the Nats have scored 12 earned runs in nine innings.
The Nationals are trying to clinch this series and take an 8-6 advantage in the season series tonight. As always, talk about the game right here.