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Nationals Kick Off Final Series Of The Year In New York

(Sports Network) - Second-year righty Jordan Zimmerman opens the Washington Nationals' final road series of the season tonight when they visit Citi Field for a three-game weekend set with the New York Mets.

Washington finished its home schedule with a loss to Philadelphia, but was 41-40 nonetheless on the season at Nationals Park.

Zimmerman was an 8-3 winner at home in his last start against Atlanta, scattering three hits and allowing a run in five innings. Last time on the road, he was touched for nine hits and five runs in three innings of a 5-2 loss.

He allowed three hits and an earned run against the Mets in a no-decision in Washington on Sept. 6, a game the Nationals won, 13-3.

For the Mets, 29-year-old lefty Pat Misch aims for his first win of 2010 in his sixth start.

The product of Western Michigan University was a loser in four straight starts between Aug. 14 and 30, then pitched from the bullpen for five straight appearances before a no-decision in a 7-3 defeat of the Phillies on Sept. 26.

Misch pitched a third of an inning against the Nationals on Sept. 6 and allowed no baserunners.

He is 0-1 lifetime against them with a 5.87 ERA in 7 2/3 innings.

On Thursday in New York, Chris Narveson struck out nine batters over 6 2/3 innings and the Brewers took advantage of a Jose Reyes error in the fifth inning to post a 9-2 victory over the Mets to conclude a four-game series.

Dillon Gee (2-2) was charged with seven hits and four runs -- two earned -- over six frames.

On Wednesday in Washington, Ben Francisco hit two of Philadelphia's four home runs and Joe Blanton was sharp for seven innings in a 7-1 victory over Washington in the rubber game of a three-game set.

Ross Detwiler (1-3) was saddled with the loss after allowing all seven runs on seven hits, including all four long balls, and a pair of walks while fanning two for the Nationals.

Washington is 8-7 against the Mets this season.