(Sports Network) - It's been more than a month since Stephen Strasburg has
suffered a loss. The 25-year-old right-hander leads the Nationals against the
Miami Marlins Sunday in the rubber match of a three-game series.
Even though the Nationals posted a 9-2 victory Saturday, time is not on the
side of the Nats as the season begins to wind down. With 21 games left, the
Nationals are still eight games behind the Cincinnati Reds for the second wild
Strasburg has done his part to help the Nationals. He's 1-0 over his last six
starts and hasn't lost since July 30 at Detroit. During the span he's tossed a
shutout and has been involved in two early exits, one due to a rain delay and
the other via ejection.
All told, Strasburg has given up only six earned runs over his last five
starts, covering 26 2/3 innings. He's coming off a no-decision at Philadelphia
Monday, when he allowed two hits and an unearned run while fanning 10 over six
Strasburg is 5-3 with a 3.64 ERA in 12 starts versus the Marlins.
Jacob Turner takes the mound for Miami. The righty is coming off a no-decision
on August 31 at Atlanta, when he tossed 5 2/3 innings in an 11-inning loss to
the Braves. He went 0-1 in two starts with a 5.73 ERA against the Nationals
Pitching at Marlins Park has proved successful for Turner. He's 3-1 in eight
home starts this season, compared to a mark of 0-4 on the road.
Ryan Zimmerman hit a pair of home runs Saturday for the Nationals. Wilson
Ramos drove in a pair of runs as did Tyler Moore, while Jayson Werth had three
hits and scored once for the Nationals, who have won three of four. Tanner
Roark (5-0) gave up just four hits and struck out four in his first career
start to pick up the win.
"We got off to an early start hitting-wise and scored a couple of runs. That
takes a lot of weight off your shoulders when you're pitching," Roark said.
Adeiny Hechavarria and Jeff Mathis each drove in a run for the Marlins, who
had won four of five coming in. Nathan Eovaldi (3-6) lasted just three innings
in the start, giving up five runs on nine hits.
"I just wasn't locating any of my pitches," Eovaldi said. "The fastball
command was off and then I wasn't really throwing any of my breaking ball
pitches for strikes."
Washington's Denard Span has an 18-game hitting streak.
Washington leads the season series, 10-4.
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