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Giants Vs. Nationals: Washington Looking For Series Sweep

Prior to the start of a three-game series between the Giants and Nationals, the two teams held the National League's best records. But after back to back victories for the Nationals, the Giants have fallen to fourth in the NL standings. The Nationals have had little trouble scoring runs so far against the Giants, scoring nine runs in each of the first two games of the series, but face a tough task on Thursday night when they face Matt Cain.

After throwing a perfect game against the Astros on June 13, the three-time All-Star pitcher for the Giants has underwhelmed. In his last start against the Reds on Friday, Cain gave up 11 hits and five runs, two of which were home runs, in a loss.

Taking the mound for the Nationals will be Ross Detwiler who hasn't earned a decision in any of his last six appearances. In his last start, Detwiler allowed four runs to the Braves in just under seven innings.

The first pitch at Nationals Park will be thrown at 7:05 p.m. and will be televised on MLB Network, MASN and CSN-Bay Area.

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