After dropping the series opener to the Los Angeles Dodgers last night, the Washington Nationals try to stop their three-game losing streak with Tanner Roark on the mound opposite left-hander Scott Kazmir.
Roark makes his first career start against the Dodgers tonight after making two relief appearances against LA in 2015.
He earned his third straight win last time out during the Nationals' series in San Diego.
Coming off seven scoreless innings on the mound against the Philadelphia Phillies in the nation's capital, Roark went six innings in Petco Park, giving up seven hits, two walks and four earned runs in what ended up an 8-5 win over the Padres.
Three of the seven hits and two of the four runs he allowed came in the first inning of his start in San Diego.
"Felt like I wasn't aggressive enough," he told reporters after the outing.
"Kind of tentative. Getting behind hitters. Not making pitches when I needed to, but we came out swinging and we got runs on the board and kept it going. Great team win after a long flight out here."
"Tanner always battles," Dusty Baker said. "He always battles. I'm just glad we got the victory for him, because he had lost a couple victories early in the year, that somebody else got a couple of his wins."
Through 14 starts this season, the 29-year-old right-hander is (6-4) with a 3.14 ERA, a 3.46 FIP, 30 walks (3.14 BB/9) and 77 Ks (8.06 K/9) in 86 innings, over which he's held opposing hitters to a combined .237/.315/.321 line against.
Here's the lineup that will take the field behind Roark tonight in Dodger Stadium: