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Thursday, August 29th (All times Eastern)

Miami Marlins (61-72) at Washington Nationals (59-72), 7:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Miami - Tom Koehler (3-8, 4.45) Washington - Gio Gonzalez (7-6, 3.72)

(Sports Network) - Florida-born lefty Gio Gonzalez makes his fifth career start against his hometown team on Thursday night when the Washington Nationals host the Miami Marlins in the finale of their three-game set at Nationals Park.

A 28-year-old, Gonzalez was born in the Miami suburb of Hialeah and began his pro career in 2004 when he was drafted by the Chicago White Sox.

Subsequent trades sent him to Philadelphia for Jim Thome, back to Chicago for Freddy Garcia, to Oakland for Nick Swisher and to Washington for a handful of players.

Gonzalez was a 21-game winner for the Nationals last season and had won three straight starts to get to 7-3 this season by July 10, but has subsequently gone seven starts without a victory since the All-Star break.

He's 0-3 in that stretch and was hit hard in a no-decision in his last start on Aug. 23, surrendering 10 hits and seven runs in 3 1/3 at Kansas City, though Washington rallied to win the game, 11-10.

Gonzalez is 2-2 in the four previous meetings with the Marlins while allowing just six runs in 28 innings and holding Miami batters to a .179 batting average.

He's opposed by New York-born righty Tom Koehler, who seeks a first win since Aug. 1.

The native of the Bronx picked up his third victory of the season with six shutout innings in a 3-0 defeat of the New York Mets, but is 0-2 in four starts since while his ERA has ticked up from 4.34 to 4.45.

He dropped consecutive decisions at Pittsburgh and Kansas City on Aug. 7 and 12, then got no-decisions in home games with San Francisco and Colorado - which Miami split - while allowing four runs on 13 hits in 12 combined innings.

Koehler has never faced the Nationals.

On Wednesday, Ian Desmond's go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning lifted Washington to a 4-3 win. Jayson Werth smacked a solo homer for the Nationals, who have won seven of its last eight games.

Stephen Strasburg tossed two scoreless innings before being replaced by Craig Stammen following a 72-minute rain delay. Drew Storen (4-2) tossed a scoreless seventh to pick up the win and Rafael Soriano fired a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his 35th save of the year.

Jeff Mathis and Giancarlo Stanton cracked solo shots for the Marlins, who have dropped seven of their last eight contests.

The Nationals have won eight of 11 versus the Marlins this season, including a three-game sweep in Washington to begin the season.

08/29 10:21:03 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
3rd
CAR 10
CLE 6
 
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
CAR
3:30pm Today
TOR
NYK
4:30pm Today
CLE
MEM
6:00pm Tonight
MIA
BOS
6:00pm Tonight
BRK
DET
6:00pm Tonight
SAC
LAL
6:00pm Tonight
ORL
PHI
6:00pm Tonight
WAS
PHO
7:00pm Tonight
MIN
IND
7:00pm Tonight
OKC
NOP
Final
UVA 76
HARV 27
Final
BGU 68
FERST 82
 
1st OT
ARMY 62
MAINE 64
 
Final
QUIN 60
ORST 52
 
1st OT
CLST 64
USF 63
 
2nd
CARK 45
CCAR 64
 
2nd
UWGB 43
ARKLR 31
 
2nd
RAD 34
CORN 38
 
2nd
UNT 37
CREI 21
 
2nd
CAN 26
HC 23
 
2nd
USB 32
GHND 35
 
2nd
OKST 30
MD 45
 
2nd
WINT 44
REIN 32
 
2nd
UGST 42
SMISS 33
 
2nd
NEOM 45
TXPA 35
 
2nd
STLU 29
VERM 28
 
2nd
UNCA 38
WCU 28
 
Half
EVAN 47
ALAST 49
 
1st
HART 39
FIU 29
 
1st
VALPO 31
GOSHEN 22
 
1st
LIP 3
PEAY 2
 
1st
DEN 0
BRY 0
 
1st
MONT 0
SD 0
 
3:00pm Today
MTST
TENST
3:00pm Today
SAMF
LAMON
 
3:30pm Today
SCAR
COKR
 
4:00pm Today
HAMP
NARZ
 
4:00pm Today
SDU
SDCHR
 
4:00pm Today
BC
USC
4:30pm Today
NICST
TROY
 
4:30pm Today
BRAD
UCI
 
6:00pm Tonight
UGA
SHU
6:30pm Tonight
ALA
APP
7:00pm Tonight
KSU
NDST
 
7:00pm Tonight
WASU
SJST
9:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ALCOR
 
10:00pm Tonight
SEAT
SACST
 
6:00pm Tonight
DET
COL
6:00pm Tonight
EDM
DAL
7:00pm Tonight
BOS
BUF
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
CAR
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
TOR
9:00pm Tonight
WIN
PHI
3rd
NOS 7
ATL 20
 
3rd
HOU 16
BAL 0
 
3rd
CAR 10
CLE 6
 
3rd
CHI 14
DET 10
 
4th
TAM 3
GBP 10
 
3rd
PIT 10
KAN 6
 
3rd
MIA 14
MIN 17
 
3rd
NYJ 13
NEP 10
 
4:05pm Today
STL
NYG
4:25pm Today
OAK
BUF
4:25pm Today
DAL
IND
8:30pm Tonight
ARI
SEA