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Saturday, April 16th (All times eastern)

Milwaukee Brewers (7-6) at Washington Nationals (6-7), 1:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Yovani Gallardo (1-0, 2.70) Washington - Jason Marquis (0-0, 3.65)

(Sports Network) - Right-hander Yovani Gallardo can stay unbeaten against the Washington Nationals and continue a strong start to 2011 today when the Milwaukee Brewers visit Nationals Park for the middle game of a three-game weekend series.

Gallardo is 2-0 with a 2.70 earned run average in his career against the hosts, allowing just 16 hits and six runs in 20 innings with 26 strikeouts.

The 25-year-old has an identical 2.70 ERA in his initial 20 innings of 2011, allowing the same 16 hits and six runs in starts against Cincinnati, Atlanta and the Chicago Cubs.

A 14-game winner a year ago, Gallardo has allowed a .235 opposition batting average thus far in April, a shade down from his career number of .238.

Washington batters have posted a .222 average against him.

That said, the Nationals snapped a two-game skid in Friday night's series opener when Jayson Werth scampered home with the winning run on an infield bouncer hit by Adam LaRoche in the 10th inning of a 4-3 win.

It was an adventurous bottom of the 10th for Werth and the Nationals. With one out, he hit a ball to shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt, who threw low to first for an error. Werth raced to second base on the miscue and then stole third.

LaRoche then hit a bouncer to first base, but the throw home was a bit high, allowing him to score.

Rickie Weeks went 3-for-5 with two RBI for the Brewers, who had a four-game winning streak stopped.

Chad Gaudin (1-1) earned the win pitching a scoreless 10th inning where he allowed one hit, while Zach Braddock (0-1) took the loss for the Brewers.

Washington sends 32-year-old righty Jason Marquis to the mound for his 306th big-league appearance and 21st against Milwaukee. The Manhasset, N.Y. native is 5-9 with a blown save and a hold in 17 starts and three relief outings in the matchup, posting a 5.06 ERA across 96 complete innings.

He was held to 13 starts and just two wins in an injury-plagued 2010, but has gone six and 6 1/3 innings in a pair of no-decisions so far this season, allowing 13 hits and five runs with 11 strikeouts.

As recently as 2009, Marquis was a 15-game winner with the Chicago Cubs. He also won 15 games with St. Louis en route to a World Series appearance in 2004.

In fact, 2010 broke a string of six seasons with 11 or more wins.

Milwaukee has won four of five and nine of its last 13 versus Washington.

04/16 10:49:34 ET

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