Washington Nationals (35-31) at St. Louis Cardinals (35-32), 7:15 p.m. (ET)
06/13/2014 10:35 AM
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(SportsNetwork.com) - Stephen Strasburg aims to win his fourth consecutive start when the Washington Nationals continue their three-game series in St. Louis Saturday night.
Strasburg has piled up 18 strikeouts against no walks over his last two starts, and during the winning streak the righty has fanned 27 and walked only one hitter. He's coming off a 9-2 win at San Francisco on Monday when he limited the Giants to four hits and a run over six innings.
In his other start this season versus the Cardinals on April 20 in the nation's capital, Strasburg had nine strikeouts over six innings in a no- decision, a 3-2 Washington win. He's 0-1 with a 2.37 ERA in three career starts against the Cardinals.
Shelby Miller, who was Strasburg's opponent on April 20, will start tonight's contest for the Cards. Miller snapped a personal three-game losing streak by throwing a three-hit shutout at Toronto a week ago. In the April 20 matchup, Miller didn't allow a run over 5 1/3 innings, but he walked five batters.
Miller is 2-0 with a 0.50 ERA in three starts against the Nationals.
Matt Adams went 2-for-3 with a home run in his return from the disabled list, and Lance Lynn bested Jordan Zimmermann in a classic pitchers' duel that resulted in a 1-0 Cardinals victory on Friday.
Lynn (7-4) took a perfect game into the sixth inning and yielded just two singles while fanning eight through eight innings. Trevor Rosenthal finished off the shutout by tossing a hitless ninth to nail down the Cardinals' fourth win in five tries.
"That was as good as we've seen," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of Lynn.
Zimmermann (5-3) was nearly as good in a complete-game effort that was spoiled by Adams' blast in the bottom of the second inning. The right-hander allowed only three hits and a walk while recording five strikeouts.
In a game where both starting pitchers were lights-out, Adams -- playing for the first time since straining his left calf on May 28 -- wound up making the difference in his first game back.
The first baseman belted the second pitch he saw from Zimmermann into the stands in right-center for what turned out to be all the support Lynn needed.
"(Zimmermann) hung a changeup to Adams. He didn't get that pitch to where he wanted," Nationals manager Matt Williams said.
St. Louis and Washington split a four-game set in DC from April 17-20.
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