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Nationals' lineup for the series finale with the Brewers + Dusty Baker on Nats coming out flat last night

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The Washington Nationals turn to Tanner Roark to try to stop a two-game slide. He helped the Nats snap a seven-game losing streak in the series finale with the Milwaukee Brewers in Miller Park. Will he do it again?

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With last night's 5-2 loss, the second straight to Milwaukee, the Washington Nationals fell to 1-4 against the Brewers this season. It's the second time they've dropped the first two games of a three-game set to the Brewers.

During the series in Miller Park, Tanner Roark stepped up with a solid start in the finale and helped the Nationals stop a seven-game losing streak. He's taking the mound this afternoon in Nationals Park at 4:05 PM EDT as the Nats wrap up their series with the Brewers.

Milwaukee's win on Tuesday gave them the season series with Washington for the first time since 2010.

Dusty Baker talked after the loss about the Nationals' offense struggling to produce against Junior Guerra in the first game and Zach Davies last night.

"We were flat today," Baker said after the Nats scored two runs on 12 hits while the Brewers connected for two two-run home runs, one off starter Gio Gonzalez and another off reliever Blake Treinen for four of the five runs they scored.

"We made some mistakes. Just didn't seem like we had the life we usually have. They were hitting -- the two, two-run homers really hurt us, because they're hitting more home runs than we're hitting. Usually that's our job. Like I said, we didn't play very good baseball tonight.

"Made a couple pitches that we wish we could have back, which you can't. We didn't play very well tonight."

Asked what steps the Nationals could take to address the recent issues, Baker said it was all about approach.

"The best way is actually come out and be more aggressive, you know what I mean? Cause right now they're taking it to us versus us taking it to them, so we've just got to be more aggressive."

The back-to-back losses left the Nationals with a 4.0 game lead over the New York Mets with a four-game set in Citi Field up next.

Here's the lineup that will try to stop the Nationals' two-game slide and salvage the series finale:

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