Jul 9, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki (24) goes to tag Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley (26) during the fourth inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Nats Try To Avoid Dropping Three Straight Against Lee

After losing the first two games of this series, the Nationals have put themselves in a bit of hot water. Their deficit in the division behind Atlanta has grown two games, and now the Nats face Phillies ace and All-Star Cliff Lee (10-2, 2.73). Lee is the third straight Philadelphia lefty the Nats will face, and they scored just one run in 18 innings against the decidedly worse John Lannan and Cole Hamels. Their hopes will rest on Gio Gonzalez(6-3, 3.14), who has won three straight starts. Here are tonight’s lineups:

Washington

Denard Span CF

Ian Desmond SS

Bryce Harper LF

Ryan Zimmerman 3B

Jayson Werth RF

Adam LaRoche 1B

Anthony Rendon 2B

Wilson Ramos C

Gonzalez LHP

Philadelphia

Ben Revere CF

Jimmy Rollins SS

Chase Utley 2B

Domonic Brown LF

Michael Young 3B

Delmon Young RF

Darin Ruf 1B

Carlos Ruiz C

Lee LHP

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