Jul 22, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (28) is congratulated by Adam LaRoche (25) after hitting a two run home run during the ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Jordan Aims To Stop Nats’ Skid Against Pirates


Losers of nine of eleven, including four in a row, the Nats have been dropping like a stone down the standings. At 48-51, three games below .500, they trail Atlanta by eight games in the division. After scoring five runs in three games against the Dodgers, the Nats made a drastic move in firing hitting coach Rick Eckstein. Perhaps coincidentally, the Nats scored five runs the next game against the Pirates, but still lost. They face a long climb back into contention, and Taylor Jordan hopes to begin the march tonight. Through four major league starts, he is 0-2 with a 3.32 ERA, but the Nats are 2-2 in his starts. If he gets his first win tonight, it would be huge in more ways than one. The Pirates will start former first overall pick Gerrit Cole, who is 4-3 with a 3.98 ERA in his first seven major league starts. Here are tonight’s lineups:

Washington

Bryce Harper LF

Anthony Rendon 2B

Ryan Zimmerman 3B

Adam LaRoche 1B

Jayson Werth RF

Ian Desmond SS

Denard Span CF

Wilson Ramos C

Jordan RHP

Pittsburgh

Starling Marte LF

Jose Tabata RF

Andrew McCutchen CF

Pedro Alvarez 3B

Russell Martin C

Garrett Jones 1B

Neil Walker 2B

Jordy Mercer SS

Cole RHP

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