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Nationals Vs. Astros Preview: Ross Detwiler To Start Second Game

The Washington Nationals have played pretty well on the road lately, winning 13 of their last 18 games on the road including Monday's extra-inning win over the Houston Astros. With that comes the opportunity to extend their lead in the NL East over the Atlanta Braves.

Ross Detwiler starts for the Nationals on Tuesday. He is coming off one of the best starts of his career from back on August 2. In that game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Detwiler pitched seven shut out innings, allowing only three hits in a 3-0 win.

The struggling Astros will counter with Jordan Lyles (2-8, 5.95), who has lost his last four decisions. In Lyles' last start on August 1 against the Milwaukee Brewers, Lyles pitched five innings, allowing nine runs, seven earned, on nine hits in a 13-4 loss.

Ryan Zimmerman has had a lot of recent success against Lyles, going three-for-five with a home run. If the Nationals can duplicate that kind of success, look for them to add another win to the record.

The game is scheduled for a first pitch at 8:05 p.m. from Minute Maid Park. The game will be broadcast on MASN2 with radio coverage provided by 106.7 The Fan FM, 1500 WFED AM and 1580 WHFS AM.

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