Series: Game 3 of 4

Atlanta leads 2-0 (as of 7/6)

Game 1: Monday, July 4
Chi Cubs0Final
Game 2: Tuesday, July 5
Chi Cubs1Final
Game 3: Wednesday, July 6
Chi CubsPostponed
Game 3: Thursday, July 7
Chi Cubs0Final
Game 4: Thursday, July 7
Chi Cubs4Final

7:05 PM ET, July 6, 2005

Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia 

Starting Pitchers

Chicago: Prior (11-7, 3.67 ERA)

Atlanta: Smoltz (14-7, 3.06 ERA)

Prior, Smoltz square off at Turner Field

Chicago Cubs (40-42) at Atlanta (47-37), 7:05 pm EDT

ATLANTA (Ticker) - Mark Prior makes his third start since returning from a broken elbow when he and the reeling Chicago Cubs carry a six-game losing streak into the third of four games with the Atlanta Braves.

Prior (5-2, 2.86 ERA) made a triumphant return from his injury with six scoreless innings against the Chicago White Sox on June 26 but was less impressive Friday.

He gave up three runs in five innings in a 4-3 setback to the Washington Nationals, his first loss since May 1.

The 6-5 righthander will be called upon to limit the Braves if the Cubs' offensive struggles continue. They were limited to eight hits in a 5-1 loss to Atlanta on Tuesday and have scored just 16 runs during the six-game slide.

Breaking out of the slump may not come easily for Chicago as All-Star first baseman Derrek Lee was forced to leave Tuesday's game with right shoulder pain. He will be re-evaluated Wednesday.

The Braves give the ball to All-Star John Smoltz (9-5, 2.68), who has won five straight starts after a 9-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday. He gave up a run and five hits in six innings, striking out seven and walking one.

Smoltz is 15-4 with a 2.83 ERA lifetime against the Cubs and has a 2.39 ERA in eight starts at home this year.

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Gameday Matchup

Current StreakL2L4
Last 105-54-6

Pitching Matchup

M. Prior
0-0, 0.00 ERA

J. Smoltz
0-0, 0.00 ERA

Gameday Lineups

1. N. Perez, SS R. Furcal, SS
2. J. Macias, 2B , LF
3. T. Walker, 1B M. Giles, 2B
4. A. Ramirez, 3B A. Jones, CF
5. T. Hollandsworth, LF A. LaRoche, 1B
6. J. Burnitz, RF R. Langerhans, RF
7. M. Barrett, C B. McCann, C
8. C. Patterson, CF W. Betemit, 3B
9. M. Prior, P J. Smoltz, P