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Preview: Phillies (46-58) at Nationals (56-45)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 3
Venue: Nationals Park
Date: September 15, 2013 1:35 PM EDT
  

While trying to add to his NL wins lead, Jordan Zimmermann will also seek to get the Washington Nationals' drive to the playoffs back on track.

Zimmermann will attempt to collect his 18th victory and help Washington's rebound from the end to a season-high win streak in Sunday's series finale against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Nationals (78-70) pulled within 4 1/2 games of Cincinnati for the NL's final wild card berth on Friday after their seventh straight win but couldn't keep that run going Saturday. Washington's rally from a four-run deficit came up short in a 5-4 defeat to Philadelphia.

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The loss also ended a five-game home win streak against the Phillies and was the second in the last eight overall meetings.

"We're still fine. We've just got to win the games," manager Davey Johnson said. "Just got to keep winning."

The Nationals are now 5 1/2 games back of the Reds with 14 to play, and Zimmermann (17-8, 3.36 ERA) will try to help cut that deficit while earning a third straight win. He recorded the first of his back-to-back victories Sept. 4 against Philadelphia (69-79).

Zimmermann gave up two runs over seven innings in that game and improved to 2-1 with a 2.66 ERA in three matchups this season. He allowed three runs over five innings Tuesday in a 6-3 victory over the New York Mets despite admittedly not having his best command.

"As long as the team wins, I don't care how many wins I have," he said. "We want to finish strong. We want to show everyone that we're not going to roll over and quit. We're going to fight until the end. We've got a veteran club that gives 100 percent every day. We're going to take it one game at a time and see what happens."

Denard Span will try to aid the right-hander while extending his career-best 25-game hit streak, which is also the second-longest in the majors this season. Colorado's Michael Cuddyer had a 27-gamer from May 28-June 30.

Span, batting .387 during his streak, is 12 for 29 (.414) in his last seven games against Philadelphia but has never faced Tyler Cloyd (2-4, 4.56).

The Phillies right-hander was tagged for seven runs and nine hits over four innings in his return to the majors Tuesday, an 8-2 loss to San Diego. Cloyd is 0-2 with a 10.80 ERA in his last two starts.

"I was leaving pitches up and made a lot of mistakes," Cloyd said. "My pitches were getting a lot of the plate. ... I got off the game plan and didn't throw enough off-speed pitches."

Cloyd also struggled in his only start against Washington on Sept. 27. He gave up six runs and six hits, including three homers, in a 7-3 loss.

Bryce Harper went 2 for 3 with a solo home run against the right-hander in that game.

Philadelphia's Carlos Ruiz, 10 for 20 with 10 RBIs in his last five games, is 1 for 5 versus Zimmermann this season.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Phillies at Nationals
Fri, Sep 13 Final 1 to 6
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Phillies at Nationals
Sat, Sep 14 Final 5 to 4
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GAME 3
Phillies at Nationals
Sun, Sep 15 Final 2 to 11
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 PHI  +180   -120   8 
 WAS  -200   +100   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 PHI  +176   -115   8 
 WAS  -209   -105   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 PHI  7%   24%   77% 
 WAS  93%   76%   23% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Sep 14, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 PHI 5 Cover: +140 
 WAS 4 Over: 9 
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 Sep 13, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 PHI 1 Under: 7 
 WAS 6 Cover: +100 
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 Sep 4, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 3 Cover: +100 
 PHI 2 Under: 5 
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 Sep 3, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 9 Cover: +100 
 PHI 6 Over: 15 
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 Sep 2, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 2 Under: 5 
 PHI 3 Cover: +115 
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 Aug 11, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 PHI 0 Under: 6 
 WAS 6 Cover: +100 
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 Aug 10, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 PHI 5 Over: 13 
 WAS 8 Cover: +103 
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 Aug 9, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 PHI 0 Under: 0 
 WAS 0 Cover: +100 
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 Jul 11, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 1 Under: 4 
 PHI 3 Cover: +130 
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 Jul 10, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 5 Cover: +117 
 PHI 1 Under: 6 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Sunday, Sep 15
 
    Royals at Tigers
1:05 PM EDT
    Orioles at Blue Jays
1:05 PM EDT
    Marlins at Mets
1:10 PM EDT
    Padres at Braves
1:35 PM EDT
    Phillies at Nationals
1:35 PM EDT
    Cubs at Pirates
1:35 PM EDT
    Indians at White Sox
2:10 PM EDT
    Reds at Brewers
2:10 PM EDT
    Rays at Twins
2:10 PM EDT
    Angels at Astros
2:10 PM EDT
    Mariners at Cardinals
2:15 PM EDT
    Athletics at Rangers
3:05 PM EDT
    Giants at Dodgers
4:10 PM EDT
    Rockies at Diamondbacks
4:10 PM EDT
    Yankees at Red Sox
8:05 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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