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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals Free Pick 9/3/13

Washington Nationals (69-68) at Philadelphia Phillies (63-75)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

Gio Gonzalez (L) (8-6) (3.556) vs. Ethan Martin (R) (2-3) (6.396)

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +136 / Washington Nationals -146 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: MASN, CSN-Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Phillies and the Washington nationals meet on Tuesday for game two of their series in Philadelphia.

While The Philadelphia Phillies won’t be in the postseason this year, but they have been the comeback kings of the past few weeks and they did it again on Monday. Carlos Ruiz had two hits and Jimmy Rollins and Roger Bernadina each had hits, as the Phillies scored three runs on four hits. Cole Hamels allowed two hits and a run while striking out eight over 7.0 innings, but it was B.J. Rosenberg who got the win and Jonathan Papelbon earned the save. For Tuesday’s game, the Phillies start Ethan Martin, who is 2-3 on the season with a 6.39 ERA and a 1-1 in his last three starts with a 6.55 ERA.

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals Free Pick 9/3/13

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The Washington nationals took the lead in the top half of the eighth inning on Monday, but they blew it in the bottom half of the frame to lose to the Phillies. Ryan Zimmerman hit a home run and Bryce Harper and Ian Desmond had hits as the Nationals scored two runs on five hits. Stephen Strasburg allowed two hits and a run, while striking out 10 over 6.0 innings but it was Tyler Clippard who took the loss to fall to 6-3. For Tuesday’s game, the Nationals start Gio Gonzalez, who is 1-1 in his last three starts with a 4.67 ERA and a 8-6 record and a 3.56 ERA for the season.

Philadelphia is 5-1 in their last six home games, 14-27 in their last 41 games overall, and 2-6 in their last eight games against a left-handed starter. Washington is 9-4 in their last 13 games, 40-19 as a road favorite, and 21-8 in Gonzalez’s last 29 road starts. Washington is 5-1 in Gonzalez’s last six starts against Philadelphia.

The Phillies have been hot at home, but the Nationals should be able to put this one far enough away to withstand a Phillies rally.

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