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Friday, August 2nd (All times Eastern)

Washington Nationals (52-56) at Milwaukee Brewers (46-62), 8:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Washington - Jordan Zimmermann (12-6, 3.19) Milwaukee - Tom Gorzelanny (2-4, 2.83)

(Sports Network) - The Washington Nationals hope Jordan Zimmermann can break out of his funk when he takes the mound Friday in the opener of a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.

Zimmermann is 0-3 with a 7.52 earned run average in his last four starts and the Nationals have dropped his previous three outings. In an 11-0 loss to the New York Mets last Friday, Zimmermann allowed five runs in 6 2/3 innings, one start after giving up seven runs in two innings versus Los Angeles.

The right-handed Zimmermann defeated Milwaukee on July 1 this season and has won all three career starts against the Brewers.

Washington was swept in a brief two-game series by the Detroit Tigers and dropped an 11-1 decision on Wednesday. Gio Gonzalez was outdueled by Tigers ace Justin Verlander and was rocked for 10 runs and 11 hits in only 3 1/3 innings. He also gave up two homers.

"This isn't going to dictate who I am as a pitcher," Gonzalez said of his poor outing. "I'm going to go out there and keep pitching how I pitch and try to get more wins for the team."

Verlander tossed six innings of one-run ball and fanned six batters.

Jayson Werth was credited with the lone RBI, while Denard Span and Bryce Harper had two hits apiece for the Nats.

Washington is 11 1/2 games off the lead in the NL East and 7 1/2 games behind in the wild card standings.

"We have two more months of baseball. If we play what we are capable of playing, we will win this and we will do this, and I know it for a fact because we have a great team, we have a great organization, we have guys on this team that are unbelievable," Harper said. "We have to keep going, keep grinding and do the things that we need to do."

Milwaukee had a three-game winning streak come to an end with Wednesday's 6-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs in the finale of a four-game set.

Wily Peralta absorbed the loss for giving up four runs -- three earned -- in five innings.

"He threw some pitches I thought in some counts where I didn't particularly like the pitch," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "He wasn't bad, just the mistakes that he made ended up hurting him."

Jonathan Lucroy had two hits and drove in the only run for a Brewers club that is pretty much out of the playoff race at 13 1/2 games off one of the two wild card spots.

Taking the mound for the Brewers Friday will be Tom Gorzelanny and the left- hander is 2-4 with a 2.83 ERA in 37 games, five of which have been starts. Gorzelanny ended a four-game slide in Saturday's 7-5 win at Colorado even though he was touched for four runs in 5 1/3 frames.

Gorzelanny owns a lifetime mark of 3-3 with a 4.23 ERA in nine games (3 starts) against the Nationals, a club he played for in 2011 and 2012.

The Brewers and Nationals have split four matchups this season.

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
ATL 117
CHA 114
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WIN
CAR
 
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KAN
SFG
Final
CLE 107
CHI 98
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WAS 84
NOP 88
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ATL 117
CHA 114
Final
NYK 107
MIL 120
Final
BRK 99
PHI 88
Final
DAL 108
MEM 103
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SAN 106
SAC 99
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MIA
HOU
 
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MIN
IND
 
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OKC
UTA
 
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DEN
POR
 
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PHO
LAL
 
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GSW
LAC
 
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LALAF
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EDM 3
TAM 2
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NYR
 
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BOS
SJS
 
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NYI
TOR
 
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MON
DET
 
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NAS
ARI
 
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CAR
 
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CHI
PHI
 
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DAL
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COL
FLA
 
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CAL
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Final
PIT 30
HOU 23