Series: Game 1 of 4

Series starts Mon 8/29

Game 1: Monday, August 29
Game 1: Tuesday, August 30
Game 2: Wednesday, August 31
Game 3: Wednesday, August 31
Game 4: Thursday, September 1
in 10

7:35 PM ET, August 29, 2005

Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia 

Braves kick off 10-game homestand against fading Nationals

Washington (67-63) at Atlanta (74-56), 7:35 pm EDT

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- A couple of pitchers who are having outstanding seasons duel Monday when the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves open a four-game set at Turner Field.

Washington's John Patterson (8-4, 2.43 ERA) has been consistently effective the entire season. He has not allowed more than four earned runs in any of his 24 starts, including three earned runs or fewer 20 times.

Patterson yielded three runs in 8 1/3 innings last Wednesday vs. Cincinnati to improve to 4-1 with a 1.89 ERA in five starts this month.

Atlanta counters with Jorge Sosa (9-2, 2.56), who has done a sensational job as both a starter and reliever this year. In 13 starts - most of which have come in place of the injured Mike Hampton - Sosa is 6-2 with a 2.66 ERA and is holding opponents to a .233 average.

The Dominican righthander has made one start against the Nationals this year, allowing two runs in five innings of a 5-4 win on July 28.

The Braves are coming off a successful road trip in which they took two of three from both the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers. In Sunday's game at Milwaukee, Andruw Jones belted two homers to increase his major league-leading total to 42, as Atlanta recorded a 5-2 triumph.

The Nationals have lost six of their last nine games, including two of three vs. St. Louis this past weekend. Washington was shut out, 6-0, in each of the final two games of the series and has not scored since the fifth inning of Friday's 4-1 win.

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