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Tuesday, May 27th (All times Eastern)

Miami Marlins (27-25) at Washington Nationals (25-26), 7:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Miami - Henderson Alvarez (2-3, 3.21) Washington - Blake Treinen (0-2, 1.56)

(SportsNetwork.com) - Miami's Henderson Alvarez mixes two of his least favorite things on Tuesday night -- a road game and the Washington Nationals -- when the Marlins continue a three-game series with the middle game at Nationals Park.

Alvarez is winless on the road this season, toting a 0-2 record with a bloated 4.88 earned run average and a .350 opposition batting average, as opposed to the stellar 2-1 mark and 1.85 ERA he's compiled during starts in Miami.

He's winless in five career starts against the Nationals, too, including a 5-0 loss at Washington on April 8 in which he allowed three runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings.

His ERA across all meetings with Washington is 3.81, more than half a run higher than his composite 3.21 so far in 2014.

Washington's Adam LaRoche has hit him particularly hard, going 5-for-11.

The Nationals send Blake Treinen to the mound in search of a first career win in his third career start.

The youngster came in from the bullpen three times before transitioning to the rotation and has allowed two runs in 10 2/3 innings as a starter -- while getting only one run of offense.

He was beaten, 3-1, after allowing four hits in 5 2/3 innings on Thursday at Pittsburgh.

"It looked like (Treinen) lost his focus a little bit. That happens to the young guys sometimes," Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos said. "He is really good. When that guy gets a little more experience, he will be a great pitcher."

On Monday, Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run homer and scored twice and the Marlins beat the Nationals, 3-2.

Stanton had three of Miami's seven hits and right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (4-2) pitched 6 1/3 innings for the win, giving up two runs on just three hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

"(Stanton) crushed that (homer) and had some great at-bats, and that's what it's going to take for us to win games on the road," manager Mike Redmond said.

LaRoche hit a two-run homer for the Nationals, who have lost five of their last six.

Tanner Roark (3-3) took the loss in seven innings after allowing three runs on five hits.

Washington is 5-2 versus the Marlins this season after taking 14 of the 19 overall matchups a year ago.

05/27 10:30:21 ET