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National League Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, May 3rd (All times Eastern)
Washington Nationals (17-12) at Philadelphia Phillies (13-14), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Washington - Tanner Roark (2-0, 2.76) Philadelphia - A.J. Burnett (1-1, 2.15)
(SportsNetwork.com) - A.J. Burnett tries to continue his domination of the Nationals when the Philadelphia Phillies host Washington Saturday in the middle portion of a three-game series.
The righty has sparkled over his career against the Nationals with an 8-3 mark to go along with a 3.08 ERA over 17 appearances (16 starts). He's 4-0 over his last nine appearances and hasn't lost to the team since April 8, 2002 when the Nationals were the Montreal Expos.
Burnett is coming off his first victory of 2014. He lasted eight shutout innings at Arizona on Sunday after allowing five hits and fanning eight without a walk in a 2-0 final. Burnett threw 68 of his 102 pitches for strikes.
Tanner Roark, who has just one loss (9-1) in 19 major league appearances (10 starts), gets the mound assignment for the Nationals. The righty's first career shutout came in his last appearance, a week ago against San Diego when he limited the Padres to three hits and logged eight strikeouts.
Only 32 of his 105 pitches were out of the strike zone.
Phillies starting pitchers have yet to record a win (0-4) at Citizens Bank Park this season. Last night brought another wasted opportunity, this time from Cliff Lee.
Adam LaRoche struck the go-ahead RBI single in a three-run eighth inning as Washington earned a 5-3 win.
Anthony Rendon and Ian Desmond both knocked in a run during the deciding frame for the Nationals, while Tyler Moore contributed a solo homer among his two hits and scored twice.
"It's easy to put it into cruise (control) if you're behind...but they don't do that. They fight. It's a very good sign," Nationals manager Matt Williams said of his club's comeback triumph.
Jerry Blevins (2-1) recorded the last two outs of the seventh for the win. Rafael Soriano tossed a scoreless final frame for his sixth save.
Stephen Strasburg worked the first six innings, allowing six hits and three runs with five strikeouts.
Marlon Byrd hit a three-run homer in the first inning for the Phillies, with Cody Asche and Chase Utley adding two hits apiece in the setback.
Mike Adams (1-1) took the loss, charged with three runs on as many hits while failing to retire a batter. It ruined another solid outing from Lee, who gave up four hits and one earned run over seven frames.
"It's disappointing for Cliff to do his job and to not shut them down (in the eighth)," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said
Washington went 11-8 against the Phillies last season.
05/03 10:33:18 ET