The Dodgers look to sweep the three-game series against the Nationals in a matinee special on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers, who are riding a three-game winning streak, send their All-Star right-hander Brady Penny to the mound in search of his team-leading 15th victory of the season. Penny is 12-5 with a 2.21 ERA in 19 career starts against the Nationals/Expos.
In his only start against the Nationals this season on May 29, Penny threw 6 1/3 shutout innings at RFK Stadium as the Dodgers cruised to a 10-0 victory. Despite two solid outings, Penny has not won since defeating Houston on Aug. 15.
The Nationals will look to stop the bleeding by putting the ball in the hands of right-hander Shawn Hill, who has allowed two earned runs or less in 10 of his 11 starts. Hill is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA in one career start against L.A.
The Dodgers are 4-1 against the Nationals this season and have won seven of the last 10 dating back to last season.
LAD: RHP Brad Penny (14-4, 2.65 ERA)
Penny had trouble with the top of the Mets' order in his last start, and he was unusually wild, a bad combination when the Dodgers' offense isn't scoring. In his four losses, the offense has supported him with only four runs. He's only 5-11 lifetime against the Mets and 1-9 at Shea Stadium, so the outcome wasn't a complete surprise.
WSH: RHP Shawn Hill (3-3, 2.31 ERA)
The Nationals lost to the Rockies in the bottom of the ninth inning on Friday, and it spoiled a nice outing by Hill. The right-hander pitched seven innings and gave up one run on four hits. The run scored in the first inning, when Troy Tulowitzki drove in Kazuo Matsui with a single to right field to tie the score at 1. At one point during the game, Hill retired 12 consecutive batters.
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Rafael Furcal, who has three homers, three triples and 14 doubles at home this season, is 2-for-3 in his career against Hill.
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Friday: Dodgers (David Wells, 6-8, 5.46) at Padres (TBD), 7:05 p.m. PT
Saturday: Dodgers (Derek Lowe, 11-11, 3.56) at Padres (Jake Peavy, 15-5, 2.18), 7:05 p.m. PT
Jayson Addcox is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.