Nats seek 13 home series victory

Ross Detwiler toes the rubber as a starter for the first time since August 5, as the Nats try to earn their 13th series victory at home. They have four on the road. The Nats will be without Adam Dunn who left last night’s game after he was hit by a fastball in his right elbow. 


Astros (73-79):

1.    Jason Bourgeois – CF

2.    Jeff Keppinger – 2B

3.    Hunter Pence – RF

4.    Carlos Lee – 1B

5.    Jason Michaels – LF

6.    Chris Johnson – 3B

7.    Angel Sanchez – SS

8.    Humberto Quintero – C

9.    Nelson Figueroa – SP (5-3, 3.51 ERA)

*Jason Michaels went on another tear last night, going 3-for-4 with a double, RBI and one run scored. The three-hit effort was his first of the season and his first since May 10, 2008 vs. the Braves as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Nationals (64-88):

1.      Danny Espinosa – 2B

2.      Adam Kennedy – 1B

3.      Ian Desmond – SS

4.      Michael Morse – RF

5.      Roger Bernadina – LF 

6.      Wilson Ramos – C

7.      Justin Maxwell – CF

8.      Alberto Gonzalez – 3B

9.      Ross Detwiler – SP (0-2, 2.37 ERA)

*Danny Espinosa hit a game-winning two-run homer in the seventh inning last night and by doing so, became the first player in franchise history to have hit as many as five home runs after debuting with the Nationals or Expos in September.

UPDATE: Ryan Zimmerman has been scratched due to a right strained rib but Dunn is available to pinch-hit.

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