Jun 25, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals players congratulate relief pitcher Rafael Soriano (29) after recording the final out against the Colorado Rockies at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Zimmermann Tries To Clinch Series And Winning Homestand


After a 3-2 record in the first five games of their seven-game homestand, the Nationals will look to lock down winning records in the homestand and their series against the Arizona Diamondbacks tonight. As much as they have struggled in stringing wins together this season, the Nats’ chances look good tonight. They have scored a combined 13 runs in their last two games, and NL Cy Young contender Jordan Zimmermann on the mound. Zimmermann is 10-3 with a 2.26 ERA this season, while the Nationals are 12-3 in his starts. He allowed one unearned run over eight innings in his most recent start against the Rockies. Opposite him, the Diamondbacks will start Wade Miley, who was the NL Rookie of the Year runner-up behind Bryce Harper with a 16-11 record and 3.33 ERA in 2012. Despite his past success, he has struggled this season, going just 4-6 with a 4.70 ERA. Here are tonight’s lineups:

Washington

Denard Span CF

Anthony Rendon 2B

Ryan Zimmerman 3B

Jayson Werth RF

Adam LaRoche 1B

Ian Desmond SS

Tyler Moore LF

Kurt Suzuki C

Zimmermann RHP

Arizona

Gerardo Parra RF

Aaron Hill 2B

Paul Goldschmidt 1B

Miguel Montero C

Martin Prado 3B

Jason Kubel LF

A.J. Pollock CF

Didi Gregorius SS

Miley RHP

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