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10:35 AM PT11:35 AM MT12:35 PM CT1:35 PM ET13:35 ET17:35 GMT1:35 10:35 AM MST12:35 PM EST1:05 PM VEN21:35 UAE12:35 PM CT, August 19, 2018
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Nationals hoping for rebound vs. Marlins

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Miami Marlins at Washington Nationals

  1. The Marlins had a season-high 22 hits in a July 8 matchup with the Nationals, that being their only victory over the Nats in the first nine matchups (8.31 team ERA in those nine games). They have since won the last two games with the Nats, allowing just one run combined in the two wins.
  2. Before going 2-5 on their road trip, the Nationals had gone 7-3 on a ten-game home stand. The team has hit .264 at home this season, and just .238 on the road; that differential in home/road team batting average ranks second largest in the National League, behind only the Rockies in Coors Field.
  3. During Starlin Castro's five-game hitting streak, his batting average has declined from .282 to .281. He now has 132 hits on the season, and has reached that total in each of his nine MLB seasons. He and Robinson Cano (13) are the only active players to reach that mark in every one of their MLB seasons (career started earlier than 2014).
  4. Daniel Murphy is hitting .417 (15-for-36) with a 1.071 OPS during his nine-game hitting streak. His .333 average against the Marlins this season is his best against any divisional opponent (minimum 20 PA).
  5. Since making five consecutive quality starts, Dan Straily has failed to throw 6.0 innings in each of his last four starts. Straily has nine walks in his last ten innings pitched, and has walked multiple batters in six of his last eight starts.
  6. Since last season, Max Scherzer has made seven starts against the Nationals and amassed a 4-1 record, a 2.25 ERA, .181 BAA, and 0.89 WHIP. That .181 BAA is the second lowest by any pitcher against a single opponent over that span (Chris Sale vs. TB, .163; min. seven starts).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/17/2018 thru 8/19/2018

WASHINGTON -- After missing an opportunity to gain ground Saturday on the Phillies and Braves, the Nationals will look to bounce back and take the rubber game of their series against the last-place Miami Marlins.

On Saturday when the Braves blew a 3-0 lead in the ninth and lost, and the Phillies were shut down by Jacob deGrom, Washington (62-62) had a chance to pick up a game on both. But despite rallying from a 4-2 deficit in the seventh and 5-4 in the ninth, they fell 7-5 in 10 innings to remain seven games behind Atlanta.

"I think to fight to get back in the game is pretty hard, and then you do it two or three times in a game and then not be able to come out victorious I think is definitely disappointing a little bit," shortstop Trea Turner told after Washington's mini winning streak was stopped at two games.

Now they need a solid effort from Gio Gonzalez (7-9, 4.12 ERA) on Sunday.

After tossing seven innings of one-run ball in an Aug. 9 win over the Braves, the left-hander's struggles resumed last time out as he allowed five runs on five hits over four innings of a loss to the Cardinals. Two of the runs came on a homer by opposing pitcher John Gant.

"It's tough to say, but this game was determined on a home run from a person you didn't expect to hit a home run," Gonzalez told the Washington Post. "Unfortunately, I'm not doing my part as one of the starting pitchers.?

Since June 9, Gonzalez has seen his ERA rise from 2.65 to 4.12 and the Nationals are 2-9 in his starts. One of those losses however, was 2-1 at Miami on July 28 when he gave up a run over seven innings. And one of the wins came on July 6 against the Marlins as Gonzalez allowed two runs in five innings.

Over his career, Gonzalez is 10-3 with a 1.89 ERA in 18 starts against Miami.

Marlins manager Don Mattingly is sending right-hander Jose Urena (3-12, 4.74) out for Sunday's finale.

Urena is appealing the six-game suspension he received for hitting Braves rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. with his very first pitch in Atlanta on Wednesday.

This would leave him lined up for a start during the Marlins upcoming series against the Braves depending on the outcome of his appeal.

"It's not something we want to do," Mattingly told the Miami Herald of having Urena face the Braves and risk retaliation, meaning the rotation would be altered in some way if Urena is not suspended

Meanwhile, Urena makes his third start of the season against Washington.

On May 25 he gave up four runs in six innings and took a no-decision in a loss. Then on July 29 he hurled six innings of one hit, no-run baseball to earn his third win.

Urena is 2-2 with a 4.19 ERA in 10 games (four starts) against Washington.

On Saturday night, the Marlins (49-76) snapped a pair of streaks. They had lost six straight overall and 12 in a row on the road.

JT Riddle went 3-for-4 with a homer and tied a career high with four RBIs and Derek Dietrich smacked a solo homer. Isaac Galloway provided a two-run single in the 10th.

"It was a huge win for us, especially to bounce back twice tonight after they tied the game up," Riddle said. "We could have very easily shut it down when they came back and tied it up and shut it down again when they tied it up again in the ninth."

Updated August 19, 2018

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