Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins game preview

TV: FOX Sports Florida

Time: Pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.

Jose Fernandez hadn't been saddled with a loss in his previous 26 outings at home before struggling in his first appearance of the season.

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The right-hander hasn't had much trouble with the Washington Nationals no matter the location, though, and he'll try to help the Miami Marlins snap their worst home start in 21 years Monday night.

Fernandez (0-1, 5.06 ERA) entered this season 17-0 with a 1.40 ERA and 192 strikeouts in his career at Marlins Park while holding opponents to a .180 average. Although he struck out 13 against Detroit on April 6, he also allowed five runs and threw 106 pitches in 5 2-3 innings of a 7-3 defeat.

He labored through the early innings Tuesday, too, but settled down and gave up one run in five innings of the Marlins' 2-1 road win over the New York Mets.

"You've got to battle," Fernandez said. "You've got to go out there and give your teammates a chance to win, every game."

Fernandez had done that against the Nationals (9-2), going 3-0 with a 0.98 ERA in six starts, with all but one being at home. He's held Washington to a .164 average while striking out 43 over 36 2-3 innings.

The Marlins (3-7) sure could use a dominant effort from Fernandez. They've dropped their first five at home for the first time since starting 0-9 in 1995 and are coming off a three-game sweep at the hands of previously winless Atlanta.

Miami trailed 5-0 on Sunday before Ichiro's RBI single in the ninth tied it, but Mallex Smith's run-scoring hit in the 10th gave the Braves a 6-5 win. Giancarlo Stanton, who struck out seven times in the series, went 0 for 4 to drop his average to .205.

"Obviously you'd like to play well at home," manager Don Mattingly said. "We've had some good crowds, and people like to walk out of here feeling good. We just have to keep going."

Stanton's only multihit game of the season came off Tanner Roark on April 7 in a 6-4 victory. Most of the Marlins had a good day, as Roark (1-1, 2.45) gave up four runs and nine hits while walking three in four innings.

The right-hander bounced back Wednesday, though, scattering four hits through seven innings of a 3-0 win over Atlanta. He moved up one day after Stephen Strasburg was scratched with the flu.

"We gave him 24 hours to prepare, and he came through big time," manager Dusty Baker said. "He gave us seven innings, got our bullpen kind of back in order."

Roark's had much more time to get ready for the Marlins again, and hopefully he used it wisely. He's lost his last three starts against Miami with a 7.24 ERA and hasn't pitched beyond the fifth in any.

He'll try to help the Nationals get back on track in the opener of this four-game set. They had a seven-game winning streak snapped with Sunday's 3-2, 10-inning loss at Philadelphia after Bryce Harper gave them the lead with a homer in the top half.

Jonathan Papelbon blew his first save in six opportunities by allowing a pair of RBI hits with two outs.

"A series win is a series win," said Harper who is 8 for 15 with 10 RBIs while homering in a career-high four consecutive games. "We take this into Miami and keep it going, hopefully."

Harper homered three times at Marlins Park last season, but the Nationals went just 3-6 there.