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Sunday, August 5th
(All times eastern)
Miami Marlins (49-59) at Washington Nationals (64-43), 1:35 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Miami - Ricky Nolasco (8-10, 4.90)
Washington - Stephen Strasburg (11-5, 3.12)
(Sports Network) - Former first overall pick Stephen Strasburg can shake off a
rare poor outing today when the Washington Nationals host the Miami Marlins to
complete a four-game series at Nationals Park.
The 24-year-old, chosen No. 1 by the Nationals in 2009, had allowed five runs
over 18 1/3 innings in three starts before a July 31 loss to Philadelphia,
which pasted him for six runs in four innings of an 8-0 win.
The defeat bumped Strasburg's earned run average from 2.76 to 3.12 on the
season and was just his third loss in 10 home starts in 2012.
He last faced the Marlins on July 15 in Miami and tossed six scoreless innings
with a walk and seven strikeouts en route to a 4-0 win.
In two meetings with Miami this season, he's allowed 10 hits in 12 scoreless
innings with two walks and 13 strikeouts.
In Saturday's third game, Danny Espinosa hit a three-run home run and Bryce
Harper added a solo shot as part of a six-run eighth inning in Washington's
Adam LaRoche continued his offensive hot streak with two solo home runs, while
Steve Lombardozzi, Tyler Moore, Ryan Zimmerman and Michael Morse contributed
an RBI single each for the NL East-leading Nationals, who have won three of
their last four.
Ryan Mattheus (4-1) got the win with 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of
starter Jordan Zimmermann, who allowed five runs - four earned - on seven hits
and a walk over five innings.
"We didn't play very well, but we persevered," Nationals manager Davey Johnson
said. "It was fun, really fun."
Carlos Lee drove in a pair of runs and Jose Reyes went 3-for-4 with four runs
scored to extend his career-best hitting streak to 23 games for the Marlins,
who have dropped three of their last four.
Donovan Solano also knocked in two runs in the setback.
Mike Dunn (0-1) was saddled with the loss after allowing six unearned runs on
four hits in the decisive eighth inning.
Miami turns to skidding Californian Ricky Nolasco for the finale with an eye
on getting him his first win since the All-Star break.
Nolasco was a 3-2 winner at St. Louis on July 6 to improve to 8-6 before the
midsummer intermission, but is 0-4 since, including a 4-0 loss to the
Nationals in Miami on July 15.
In that game, which dropped his career record against Washington to 9-4,
Nolasco allowed four runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings with two walks and two
He's dropped verdicts to Pittsburgh and Atlanta twice since while allowing 23
hits and 14 runs in 16 1/3 innings.
Nolasco is 5-4 in 10 road starts in 2012.
The Marlins have won six of 11 games between the teams this season, including
a three-game sweep in Miami from May 28-30.
The Nationals have not won the season series since 2007.
08/05 11:08:37 ET