3-3, 5.43 ERA..............11-6, 3.46 ERA
After taking the opener, the Nationals play the second of three-game series against the Braves on Saturday afternoon at Turner Field.
Right-hander Pedro Astacio takes the mound for Washington, while righty John Smoltz goes to the hill for Atlanta.
Astacio is looking for a repeat performance of Aug. 15, when he tossed a complete-game shutout against the Braves at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium. Astacio gave up only two hits in the game, striking out five and walking none.
In his last start on Sunday, Astacio gave up seven runs -- six earned -- in two-plus innings against the Phillies. The Nationals lost, 12-10. Washington
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