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Smoltz opposes Armas in series finale

Smoltz, Braves seek split against Nationals

The Braves will attempt to earn a series split when they face the Nationals on Thursday night at Turner Field.

Atlanta will look for Andruw Jones to produce offensively and defensively like he did in Wednesday afternoon's twin bill opener. Jones belted his Major League-leading 43rd home run and drove in five runs. The center fielder's pair of diving catches also helped the Braves.

John Smoltz, Thursday's starter, has won four of his last five decisions, including his previous start, in which he struck out eight in seven innings. He has a 6-3 record at home with a 2.81 ERA. Smoltz beat the Nationals on June 1, allowing four runs in seven innings.

Smoltz will be opposed by Tony Armas, who lost to the Braves in that June 1 matchup in which Atlanta pounded Armas for six hits and four runs in six innings. Armas is 2-6 with a 6.04 ERA on the road this season.

Pitching matchup
WAS: RHP Tony Armas
• 7-7, 4.53 ERA in 2005
• 0-0, 3.00 ERA vs. ATL in 2005

ATL: RHP John Smoltz
• 13-6, 2.96 ERA in 2005
• 1-0, 2.86 ERA vs. WAS in 2005

Player to watch
Reliever Kyle Farnsworth has 13 strikeouts in his last 11 appearances.

"Our last two home series have been disappointing, I don't know what the records are, but I know we've got to win at home." -- Adam LaRoche, on Wednesday night's late-inning loss to Washington

On the Internet
Gameday Audio
• Gameday
• Official game notes

On television
• WAS: Mid-Atlantic Sports Network

On radio
• ATL: WGST 640 AM

Quick hits
Marcus Giles has a hit in 28 of his last 32 games, and he has batted .366 (48-for-131) with 12 doubles in that span. ... Chipper Jones has gone 22-for-62 (.355) with four home runs and 16 RBIs in his last 17 games.

On deck
• Friday: vs. Cincinnati, 7:35 p.m. ET
• Saturday: vs. Cincinnati, 7:05 p.m. ET
• Sunday: vs. Cincinnati, 1:05 p.m. ET

Coley Harvey is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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