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Tuesday, August 12 (All times Eastern)

Washington Nationals (63-53) at New York Mets (57-62), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Washington - Doug Fister (11-3, 2.49) New York - Rafael Montero (0-2, 5.40)

(SportsNetwork.com) - After losing a small bit of ground to one National League East club over the weekend, the first-place Washington Nationals will try to prevent the New York Mets from getting back into the race.

The two division rivals kick off a three-game set on Tuesday night at Citi Field.

The Nationals dropped two of three to Atlanta last weekend, allowing the Braves to pull within 3 1/2 games of first place after Washington lost Sunday's finale 3-1. However, the idle Nats did get a half-game back to their edge when the Braves lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday.

The Mets, meanwhile, won three of four over the Philadelphia Phillies prior to this series, but still trail the Nationals by 7 1/2 games.

Washington hitters struck out 12 times against Atlanta starter Alex Wood on Sunday, while Gio Gonzalez fanned eight and gave up two runs in 4 2/3 innings, lifted due to a high pitch count and taking the loss.

"They were fouling off pitches," Gonzalez said. "They kept running up my pitch count. There were a couple of guys at the bottom of the order that were fouling me off for seven or eight pitches, maybe nine."

The Nats managed one run despite Denard Span doubling twice to extend his streak of reaching base safely to 36 straight games. He has a hit in 14 in a row as well, lifting his average to .306 with 32 doubles and 23 stolen bases.

Doug Fister starts for the Nationals and is 6-1 with a 1.96 earned run average over his last eight starts. He has not allowed more than three earned runs in any of those outings and is coming off a 7-1 win over the Mets.

The right-hander was charged with just one unearned run over 7 1/3 innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out seven.

In two starts versus the Mets, Fister has won both while giving up one earned run over 13 2/3 innings for a 0.66 ERA.

The 30-year-old is an excellent 11-3 with a 2.49 ERA on the season.

The Mets won the finale of their wraparound series with the Phillies 5-3, with Anthony Recker belting a tie-breaking three-run homer in the seventh inning off Philadelphia reliever Justin De Fratus.

"Obviously once [the count] got to 3-2 it was just a battle," said Recker. "Just trying to get a pitch and see it and hit it, and fortunately I was able to hit it well."

New York did place rookie starter Jacob deGrom on the disabled list following the game due to a shoulder injury and recalled 23-year-old Rafael Montero to take his place in the rotation beginning tonight.

Montero made the first four starts of his major league career back in May, going 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA. He struck out 17 batters in 20 innings, including 10 over six frames on May 25 versus Arizona, but yielded 12 earned runs and five homers.

The right-hander has gone 6-3 with a 3.28 ERA in 15 starts this year at Triple-A Las Vegas.

"[Montero] certainly has the stuff that will play in the major leagues," Mets manager Terry Collins told his club's website. "He needs to throw strikes, and if he does that, he'll be here for a long time."

Montero will be facing the Nats for the first time.

The Nationals have won seven of nine against the Mets this season and 12 of the past 14 meetings overall. They swept a three-game set in New York from March 31-April 3.

08/12 10:42:10 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
STONYBROOK 0
NCSTATE 3
 
6th
SYR 0
DUR 0
 
Final
KAN 8
CHC 4
6th
COL 2
PHI 0
 
6th
TAM 1
BAL 0
 
6th
MIA 4
NYM 2
 
5th
WAS 0
CIN 1
 
2nd
BOS 0
TEX 0
 
2nd
ARI 1
MIL 1
 
1st
CWS 0
HOU 0
 
8:10pm Tonight
TOR 0
MIN 0
1st
LOS 0
STL 0
 
10:05pm Tonight
DET
ANA
10:05pm Tonight
NYY
OAK
10:10pm Tonight
CLE
SEA
10:10pm Tonight
PIT
SDP
10:15pm Tonight
ATL
SFG
1st
TAM 0
NYR 0
 
Final
AUBURN 6
CHARLESTON 7
 
Final
CALIFORNIA 9
CCAROLINA 3
 
Final
COLUMBIA 6
ECAROLINA 3
 
Final
ORALROBRTS 6
ARKANSAS 8
 
Final
SFLORIDA 5
FAU 3
 
Final
WRIGHTST 7
NOTREDAME 13
 
Final
MICHIGAN 10
BRADLEY 5
 
Final
OREGON 1
IOWA 3
 
Final
TEXAS 4
OREGONST 5
 
Final
INDIANA 7
RADFORD 1
 
Final
ULLAFAYETE 7
RICE 6
 
Final
STONYBROOK 0
NCSTATE 3
 
7th
LEHIGH 2
LSU 6
 
8th
CLEMSON 2
ARIZONAST 4
 
7th
MERCER 4
FLORIDAST 4
 
7th
MOREHEADST 2
LOUISVILLE 5
 
8th
VIRGINIA 3
USC 1
 
7:00pm Tonight
CANISIUS 0
SWMISSOURI 0
 
5th
FIU 0
MIAFLA 6
 
5th
FLAAM 0
FLORIDA 6
 
4th
MARYLAND 3
MISS 0
 
5th
STJOHNS 2
OKLAHOMAST 3
 
6th
TSOUTHERN 0
TEXASAM 2
 
4th
VCU 5
DALLASBAPT 0
 
1st
HSTNBAPT 3
HOUSTON 0
 
1st
LIPSCOMB 0
VANDERBILT 0
 
2nd
OHIO 1
ILLINOIS 1
 
2nd
SACREDHART 0
TCU 1
 
9:30pm Tonight
TULANE
NWILMINGTN
 
10:00pm Tonight
PEPPERDINE
FULLERTON
 
10:00pm Tonight
SANDIEGOST
CSANTABAR
 
11:00pm Tonight
CSBAKER
UCLA
 
6th
SYR 0
DUR 0