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Sunday, August 30th (All times eastern)

Houston Astros (62-67) at Arizona Diamondbacks (58-72), 4:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Houston - Wandy Rodriguez (12-8, 2.82) Arizona - Dan Haren (12-8, 2.73)

(Sports Network) - A pair of aces with similar records get together this afternoon in the desert, where Dan Haren and the Arizona Diamondbacks wrap up a three-game set versus Wandy Rodriguez and the Houston Astros at Chase Field.

Haren is 12-8 with a 2.73 earned run average in 26 starts this season and has alternated wins and losses over his previous six decisions. In a 5-4 loss at San Francisco the last time out on August 25, Haren did not record a decision after giving up just two runs in seven innings.

The right-hander will try for a win against Houston, a team he dominated in the previous meeting on June 12. Haren went the distance in the 8-1 victory and allowed one run and two hits for his third complete game of the season and ninth of his career. He is 2-2 with a 3.18 ERA in five career games (4 starts) against the Astros.

Rodriguez, meanwhile, is 12-8 with a 2.82 earned run average and has lost two of his last three starts. In a 1-0 loss to St. Louis on August 25, Rodriguez absorbed the defeat after yielding the lone run and three hits over seven innings of work.

The lefty will attempt to rebound in his first appearance with Arizona this season. Rodriguez is 2-3 with a 5.55 ERA in five career starts against the Diamondbacks.

Arizona has won three in a row and is trying for its first sweep since taking all three meetings at Pittsburgh from August 4-6. In Saturday's 9-0 drubbing of the Astros in the desert, Mark Reynolds hit a two-run homer, his 40th of the season, while Justin Upton clubbed a solo shot and finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a pair of RBI.

Miguel Montero knocked in three runs for the D-Backs, who got seven shutout innings and five strikeouts from winning starter Jon Garland.

"I don't think my stuff was any better, but I kept it down, through the seven innings for the most part every ball was down, getting a lot of ground balls and some big plays at the right time, a big double play, a big play by Reynolds with two guys on and some timely plays after that," Garland said.

Miguel Tejada had the lone extra-base hit for the Astros with a double and starting pitcher Bud Norris was dealt the loss. Norris allowed six runs in five innings of work.

Houston and Arizona have split eight meetings this season.

08/30 10:40:49 ET

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