Miami Marlins (26-25) at Washington Nationals (25-25), 1:35 p.m. (ET)

 

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(SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Nationals have been nothing short of dominant when it comes to facing the Miami Marlins at home.

They get the chance to continue that mastery on Monday afternoon, when the teams get together at Nationals Park for a holiday special to begin a three- game series.

Washington has won 12 of its last 13 home games against Miami, including a three-game sweep in early April, while holding the Marlins to just 23 runs scored.

Right-hander Tanner Roark gets a chance to maintain the mastery and continue his own streak that's seen his last three starts yield a .174 opposition batting average and a 1.93 earned run average.

He's started twice and relieved twice in his career against the Marlins and is 1-0 with a 1.76 ERA.

Miami, which is 6-17 on the road and 20-8 at home, goes with right-hander Nathan Eovaldi while aiming to avoid falling back to .500.

Eovaldi was a 14-5 winner over Philadelphia in his last start on Wednesday, despite allowing 10 hits and three runs in six innings.

He'd given up 11 earned runs in his previous three starts.

Eovaldi is 1-2 with a 6.00 ERA in three lifetime meetings with Washington.

On Sunday in Miami, Ryan Braun went 4-for-5 and finished a homer shy of the cycle as the Milwaukee Brewers took the rubber game against the Marlins, 7-0.

Randy Wolf (0-1) had a rough outing in his first start for the Marlins. The southpaw allowed six runs -- four earned -- on nine hits, but did manage to work through five innings in the loss.

In Pittsburgh, Ian Desmond had two hits and two RBI and Doug Fister allowed just a run in 5 1/3 innings to help the Nationals salvage the finale of a four-game set with the Pirates, 5-2.

Jayson Werth and Denard Span also had a pair of hits for the Nats, who had lost four straight. Anthony Rendon tripled in a run, while he and Span each scored twice in the triumph.

Fister (2-1) was touched up for a run on six hits to earn his second straight win. He hasn't allowed more than two runs in three consecutive starts. Craig Stammen allowed a run in two innings out of the bullpen, and Rafael Soriano faced the minimum in the ninth to nail down his 11th save. Ten of Soriano's 12 pitches went for strikes.

Washington is 5-1 versus the Marlins this season after taking 14 of the 19 overall matchups a year ago.

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