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Marlins Vs. Nationals: Anibal Sanchez Tries To Turn Things Around Against Washington On Tuesday

The Miami Marlins get a shot at two in a row on the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night. A second win in as many days would go along way toward closing the gap between the Marlins and the National League East leading Nationals, whose lead was cut to two and a half games on Monday.

Anibal Sanchez pitched his worst outing of the season last week against the San Francisco Giants. The Marlins' right-hander surrendered five earned runs, and failed to make it out of the sixth inning. It was the third straight loss for Sanchez. Washington could be exactly what Sanchez needs; he has a 7-0 record against the Nationals and a 2.10 ERA in 18 starts against them.

Washington goes with Edwin Jackson, who lost his last outing against the Phillies. Jackson is 1-3 in four career starts against the Marlins with a 7.71 ERA and a .277 batting average against.

Jose Reyes smacked a double on Monday to put his hitting streak at nine games. Giancarlo Stanton hit his team best 12th home run on Monday. He has four long balls in his last 10 games.

Tuesday's game starts at 7:10 p.m. from Marlins Park. Fans can watch the game on Fox Sports Florida.

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