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Runs have come at a premium lately for the Washington Nationals, putting a big burden on their starting pitchers. Luckily, Jordan Zimmermann has been up to the task this season, though Friday night he'll have to bounce back from his first loss in nearly a month.

Zimmermann tries to become the NL's first eight-game winner as Washington opens a three-game home series with the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Nationals (24-23) have scored 31 runs over the last 12 games, but they managed a 2-1 win at San Francisco on Wednesday to halt a four-game losing streak.

Zimmermann (7-2, 1.62 ERA) hasn't needed much support, though his first bid for his eighth win was foiled.

He allowed two runs - one earned - and seven hits over eight innings in a 2-1 defeat at San Diego on Saturday. The first run was on a solo homer by Yonder Alonso and Alexi Amarista came around for the go-ahead run in the eighth, scoring only after reaching second on Zimmermann's errant pick-off attempt.

"It was a good pitch, it was up," Zimmermann, who is 1-4 with a 5.06 ERA in six starts against Philadelphia, said of the pitch to Alonso. "You can't really complain about that. The throwing error I made down the line cost us. If I don't make that, we're still out there playing."

Thursday's off day was likely helpful for Bryce Harper, who hurt his left knee while making a diving catch in the eighth inning Wednesday. He is also still recovering from his collision with the wall in Los Angeles last week, though he hit his 12th homer and scored both of Washington's runs against the Giants.

Kyle Kendrick (4-2, 2.82) gets the ball trying to bring the Phillies, who have won seven of 10, back to .500 for the first time since they were 6-6 on April 14.

He is coming off his first loss in eight starts after yielding four runs, eight hits and a season-high four walks over six innings in a 10-0 defeat to Cincinnati on Saturday.

Kendrick had been 4-0 with a 1.84 ERA in seven outings since losing his first start April 5.

"They have a good lineup and I wasn't good," Kendrick said. "Those two things make it tough."

Philadelphia (23-24) will be without second baseman Chase Utley after he was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with an oblique strain. Utley has a .475 slugging percentage and his 25 RBIs tie him with Ryan Howard for the team lead.

"We do believe and hope that Chase will be ready to play in Philadelphia within 15 days," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "We are being cautious with this injury as it is a tricky one and want to make sure it isn't an issue for him throughout the season."

Harper, who is 8 for 19 with two homers and six RBIs over his last six against the Phillies, is 6 for 12 versus Kendrick. Ian Desmond is 10 for 23 with two homers against the right-hander, who is 4-5 with a 4.75 ERA in 17 starts versus the Nationals.

Jimmy Rollins has four homers in his last eight games against Washington.

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Probable Starters

Kyle Kendrick, RHP
2013 stats
60.2 Innings Pitched 66.2
4-2 Wins-Losses 7-2
2.82 Earned Run Average 1.62
14 Walks 9
41 Strikeouts 45
101 Pitches Per Start 96
Career vs. opponent
92.1 Innings Pitched 32.0
4-5 Wins-Losses 1-4
4.68 Earned Run Average 5.06

Jordan Zimmermann, RHP
Weather
weather image  Partly cloudy. Mild.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
68°F51°F19mph/NW52%26%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Philadelphia4th NL East6070.462154-6 W 1
Washington1st NL East7555.577-4-6 L 2
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Jordan Zimmermann
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Hamels110101.000
Frandsen21000.500
Quintero21000.500
Utley42040.500
Mayberry31000.333
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Kyle Kendrick
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Zimmermann110001.000
Span111201.000
Moore111001.000
Harper126120.500
Desmond2310202.435
 

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Philadelphia 160 Washington -170
Injuries
Philadelphia
PlayerInjury
M. AppelElbow
A. AsherCalf
A. BlancoFinger
Z. EflinKnee
M. HarrisonBack
M. ImhofEye
C. MortonHamstring
A. NolaElbow
A. PullinElbow
R. QuinnConcussion
Washington
PlayerInjury
B. ArroyoShoulder
A. BarrettElbow
S. DrewIllness
J. RossShoulder
S. SolisShoulder
S. StrasburgElbow
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Apr 15PHIWAS 9-1Ross Hellickson 
Apr 16PHIWAS 8-1Scherzer Nola 
Apr 17PHIPHI 3-2Gomez Papelbon 
Apr 26WASPHI 4-3Velasquez Perez 
Apr 27WASPHI 3-0Hellickson Gonzalez 
Apr 28WASPHI 3-0Araujo Rivero 
May 30PHIWAS 4-3Roark Neris 
May 31PHIWAS 5-1Ross Nola 
Jun 1PHIWAS 7-2Scherzer Morgan 
Jun 10WASWAS 9-6Strasburg Hellickson 
Jun 11WASWAS 8-0Roark Nola 
Jun 12WASWAS 5-4Papelbon Gomez 
Aug 29PHI 7:05 PM EDT  
Aug 30PHI 7:05 PM EDT  
Aug 31PHI 7:05 PM EDT  
Sep 8WAS 7:05 PM EDT  
Sep 9WAS 7:05 PM EDT  
Sep 10WAS 7:05 PM EDT  
Sep 11WAS 1:35 PM EDT