Series: Game 3 of 3

Washington won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, August 10
Game 2: Saturday, August 11
Game 3: Sunday, August 12

Nationals 4

(71-44, 39-22 away)

Diamondbacks 7

(58-57, 31-26 home)

    Coverage:  FSAZ

    4:10 PM ET, August 12, 2012

    Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona 

    123456789 R H E
    WSH 000000202 4 7 2
    ARI 01204000 - 7 6 1

    W: P. Corbin (4-4)

    L: R. Detwiler (6-5)

    S: J. Putz (22)

    Nationals-Diamondbacks Preview


    The Washington Nationals are close to matching their longest win streak in franchise history. They can move a step closer by tying their longest on the road.

    The Nationals will seek that ninth straight victory away from home -- and their ninth in a row overall -- during Sunday's series finale against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

    Washington (71-43) is closing on its first division title in franchise history on the strength of its major league-best 39-21 road record. The Nationals' success there has helped put them 4 1/2 games ahead of Atlanta in the NL East.

    After falling behind by three runs early Saturday, they found a way to keep things going by rallying for a 6-5 victory. Ryan Zimmerman singled in a pair of runs in a five-run fifth, and Jesus Flores drove in what proved to be the go-ahead score with another single.

    "We were able to get a win. It wasn't necessarily the way that I planned for it to go, but somehow it worked," pitcher Edwin Jackson said.

    Washington has outscored its last eight overall opponents 46-23 and its last eight road opponents 47-26.

    "I really like our offense. I like the way everybody's approaching the at-bats," manager Davey Johnson told the team's website. "It's a lot of fun for me."

    That win put the Nationals within two of matching a franchise-best 10-game streak, accomplished four times and most recently June 2-12, 2005. To get a crack at that milestone, Washington must first tie its nine-game road win streaks set July 29-Aug. 10, 1994, and equaled Sept. 12-26, 2011, on Sunday.

    Ross Detwiler (6-4, 2.99 ERA) will try to lead his team to that victory while continuing his recent success against the Diamondbacks (57-57), losers in six of eight. The left-hander is 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA over his last two matchups, including a 2-1 win May 3.

    Detwiler allowed one run and three hits over 6 1/3 innings in that game but gave up a career-high seven runs -- four earned -- during his only outing at Chase Field on Aug. 5, 2010.

    He has allowed a combined two runs and six hits over his last 14 innings but might have to outduel fellow left-hander Patrick Corbin (3-4, 3.53).

    Corbin is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in his two starts since being called up from Triple-A Reno on Aug. 1. After pitching six scoreless innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the rookie fanned a season-high seven and gave up two runs over six innings Tuesday during Arizona's 10-4 win in Pittsburgh.

    Corbin was 2/3 with a 5.27 ERA during his first five major league starts before being sent back to the minors May 22. He pitched exclusively in relief following another call-up June 27.

    With Corbin's help, the Diamondbacks will try to avoid their first home sweep to the Nationals since May 14-16, 2004, when that franchise was playing its final season as the Montreal Expos.

    Washington recorded its most recent sweep in the all-time series from Aug. 7-9, 2009.

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    Gameday Matchup

    Current StreakW2L1
    Last 106-44-6

    Pitching Matchup

    R. Detwiler
    10-8, 3.40 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/30 at STL
    2.1 IP, 3 ER
    Dec = Loss
    P. Corbin
    6-8, 4.54 ERA

    Last Game:
    10/2 vs COL
    7.0 IP, 1 ER
    Dec = ND

    Gameday Lineups

    1. D. Espinosa, SS C. Young, CF
    2. B. Harper, CF A. Hill, 2B
    3. R. Zimmerman, 3B J. Kubel, LF
    4. M. Morse, RF P. Goldschmidt, 1B
    5. A. LaRoche, 1B J. Upton, RF
    6. T. Moore, 1B M. Montero, C
    7. K. Suzuki, C C. Johnson, 3B
    8. S. Lombardozzi, 2B J. McDonald, SS
    9. R. Detwiler, P P. Corbin, P