Nationals-Marlins Preview

A revived offense has the Washington Nationals on the verge of

their longest winning streak of the season. Achieving that might

not be easy against Anibal Sanchez.

The Nationals look for a fourth straight victory and a rare

productive effort against Sanchez when they continue their road

series with the Florida Marlins on Tuesday night.

Adam Dunn and Ryan Zimmerman hit three-run homers and combined

for seven RBIs as Washington (57-75) snapped a five-game skid to

Florida with a 9-3 win Monday. The game was delayed almost three

hours by rain.

“When (Adam and I) get going and do what were supposed to do and

drive guys in, obviously it helps our offense,” Zimmerman


After totaling five runs during a four-game slide, the Nationals

have scored 40 while winning four of five. Washington will try a

sixth time to win four in a row.

Dunn is 6 for 10 with two home runs and nine RBIs in his last

three games after going 3 for 34 with 19 strikeouts in his previous

11. He is 5 for 13 with two homers in his last three games against

the Marlins (65-65) and a lifetime .294 hitter against Sanchez

(11-8, 3.29 ERA).

The right-hander has gone 4-0 with a 2.66 ERA in 11 starts

versus Washington, including 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA in two this


Sanchez has posted a 2.19 ERA while winning three of his last

four outings overall. He allowed four runs and walked five in five

innings but set a career high for wins with an 11-4 victory at New

York on Thursday.

“That’s baseball,” Sanchez told the Marlins’ official website.

“Sometimes you pitch good and you lose. Sometimes you don’t have

your best stuff and you just try to fight on the mound.”

Hanley Ramirez and Brett Hayes homered Monday for the Marlins,

losers of three in a row and five of eight since a five-game

winning streak.

Ramirez has gone 15 for 28 with three home runs and seven RBIs

in his last seven games. The star shortstop is batting .375 with

six homers and 10 RBIs in 13 games versus Washington in 2010.

Florida second baseman Dan Uggla is uncertain to play after

being scratched Monday with a strained groin. It was the first game

of the season Uggla missed after starting the first 129.

He is 5 for 12 with a homer and five RBIs against the Nationals

this season.

Washington’s Jordan Zimmermann (0-0, 11.25) makes his second

start since returning from Tommy John surgery. The right-hander

allowed five runs in four innings of an 11-10, 13-inning win over

St. Louis on Thursday, his first appearance since July 18,


“I felt good the whole time,” Zimmermann told the Nationals’

official website.

He gave up two runs and struck out six in six innings of a 5-3

loss in his only previous appearance versus Florida on July 1,

2009. Zimmermann didn’t get a decision.