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Wednesday, June 11 (All times Eastern)

Washington Nationals (34-29) at San Francisco Giants (42-23), 10:15 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Washington - Tanner Roark (4-4, 2.91) San Francisco - Matt Cain (1-3, 3.52)

(SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Cain and Tanner Roark both responded very well to a bit of adversity last time out. The two hurlers square off on Wednesday night when Cain's San Francisco Giants resume a four-game series against Roark and the Washington Nationals.

Both Cain and Roark were last in action on Friday, with Cain coming back from his second stint on the disabled list and Roark trying to snap a personal three-start losing streak.

The right-handed Cain, returning from a hamstring strain, was in top form early on against the New York Mets, carrying a no-hitter through five innings in an eventual no-decision. He allowed two runs on three hits and a walk over seven frames as his club picked up a 4-2 win.

"You're excited to get back out there," said Cain. "You're thinking about just finding a good rhythm. For me I kind of recognize (the no-hitter), so I recognized that really early."

It marked Cain's fifth straight outing without a defeat, though he has just one win in that span. The 29-year-old is 1-3 on the year with a 3.52 earned run average.

Roark, meanwhile, was nearly lights out as well against the San Diego Padres in snapping his slide. The 27-year-old righty logged eight scoreless innings of three-hit ball, fanning a career-high 11 batters and not issuing a walk.

He allowed three runs or fewer for a sixth start in a row and is 4-4 on the year with a 2.91 ERA.

"He's been pitching like that for us all year," Nationals manager Matt Williams said. "He continues to pound the zone with all his pitches, pretty impressive."

Cain is 5-4 with a 3.12 ERA in his career against the Nationals, while Roark will face the Giants for the first time as a starter. He has faced them once in relief, picking up a victory.

The Nationals have won the first two contests of this series, claiming last night's contest by a 2-1 score.

Washington got both of its runs in the fifth inning on Denard Span's sacrifice fly and Jayson Werth's RBI single, and starter Doug Fister took care of the rest.

Fister hurled seven scoreless innings, scattering eight hits and a walk in Washington's seventh victory in eight games.

"Guys are playing together. We're rolling, we're playing together," said Fister. "We've got a lot of momentum."

Brandon Hicks' ground out in the ninth inning scored a run for the Giants, who had won five in a row coming into this series, but Rafael Soriano recorded the next two outs to record the save and secure a tough-luck loss for San Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner.

Bumgarner was shooting for his ninth win of the campaign and yielded the two runs over seven innings.

Though Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon returned from a three-game absence caused by a sore right thumb, catcher Wilson Ramos exited in the ninth inning due to right hamstring tightness. He is day-to-day.

The Giants and Nationals split six meetings a season ago.

06/11 10:28:42 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
STJ 68
DUKE 77
Final
NCSU 78
ND 81
Final
CHI 84
MIA 96
Final
CLE 108
OKC 98
Final
NOP 109
DAL 106
Final
ORL 99
IND 106
Final
PHO 100
LAC 120
Final
ATL 112
MIN 100
4th
TOR 112
DET 106
 
4th
SAN 101
MIL 95
 
Half
GSW 56
BOS 49
 
Half
DEN 59
WAS 59
 
9:30pm Tonight
LAL
HOU
Final
UCONN 66
SFLA 53
Final
GT 62
BC 64
Final
VT 47
UVA 50
Final
OSU 82
IND 70
Final
UCF 46
CIN 56
Final
WICHS 74
DRAK 40
Final
STJ 68
DUKE 77
Final
MAR 73
FAIR 67
 
Final
HART 61
MAINE 70
 
Final
MAN 71
MON 64
 
Final
PRIN 96
ROWAN 48
 
Final
SIENA 55
PETE 69
 
Final
RIU 53
BONA 48
Final
BING 54
USB 61
 
Final
MLOWELL 50
VERM 61
 
Final
BUT 77
SHU 57
Final
SALA 55
YALE 72
 
Final
PITT 68
LOU 80
Final
ILLST 53
NIOWA 54
Final
GTDNS 69
UMBC 55
 
Final
IONA 87
NIAG 64
 
Final
TENST 55
BEL 63
 
Final
NCSU 78
ND 81
Final
VILL 71
CREI 50
 
2nd
MD 50
NW 57
 
Half
UTAH 37
WASH 30
 
Final
TEAMFOLI 12
TEAMTOEWS 17
2nd
CARTER 13
IRVIN 19