7:05 PM ET, August 27, 2013
Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
Miami: Eovaldi (2-4, 3.82 ERA)
Washington: Ohlendorf (2-0, 2.58 ERA)
The Washington Nationals winning streak came to an end and they will try to recover tonight when they face the Miami Marlins.
The Nationals (65-65) had averaged 7.6 runs during a season high-tying five-game winning streak before falling 6-4 versus the Kansas City Royals on Sunday. Denard Span went deep and had four of the team’s 14 hits, however according to YouWager live lines, Washington went 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base.
In 2013 Washington has taken six of nine from Miami, including all three home matchups by an 11-1 margin. The Nationals have compiled a 10-3 home record versus the Marlins dating to September 2011.
Miami (49-80) hit the road after ending a 3-7 homestand with Sunday’s 4-3 defeat versus the Colorado Rockies, their fifth loss in six games. Justin Ruggiano was sizzling with his 15th homer, but the Marlins made two errors and went 2 for 13 with runners in scoring position.
Starting for the Marlins will be Nathan Eovaldi (2-4, 3.82 ERA). The native of Texas has gone 0-4 with a 4.50 ERA over a seven-start stretch since yielding three runs and three hits in six innings to beat the Nationals 8-3 on July 12, his only matchup in the series.
After giving up career highs of 11 runs and 12 hits in three-plus innings in a 14-10 defeat versus the San Francisco Giants on Aug. 16, Eovaldi allowed three runs in seven innings in a 4-1 loss against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday.
Washington will counter with Ross Ohlendorf (2-0, 2.58) for his fourth start of the year. In the right-hander’s first outing since returning from the disabled list due to shoulder inflammation, he surrendered four runs in 4 1/3 innings in Wednesday’s 11-6 road victory versus the Chicago Cubs.
The 31 year-old has a 7.29 ERA in losing his last four starts to the Marlins, but the MLB lines point out that he threw four scoreless innings of relief opposite Eovaldi last month.