Dillon Gee aims to extend his six-start unbeaten streak on Saturday when the New York Mets resume a four-game series against the Washington Nationals.
Gee is 3-0 with a 0.96 ERA in three starts against the Nationals this season and holds a 6-1 mark in his nine career outings versus Washington.
As good as Gee's been against the Nats, he's been that even better in his last two starts and hasn't given up an earned run over his last two starts, covering 13 2/3 frames. He was charged with an unearned run during a victory at Pittsburgh July 14 and followed that up eight days later by limiting the Braves to a pair of hits over seven frames in a 2-1 win.
The 27-year-old right-hander is 2-0 over his last six starts overall and hasn't lost since June 17 at Atlanta.
Dan Haren is at the opposite end of the spectrum. The righty is mired in a career-worst eight-game losing streak for a single season and hasn't won in his last 11 starts, going back to a May 9 triumph versus Detroit.
Haren is 1-2 with a 5.48 ERA in eight games (7 starts) against the Mets.
The teams split a doubleheader yesterday.
Ryan Zimmerman hit the game-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Nats a 2-1 victory in the night contest.
With LaTroy Hawkins (3-2) pitching for the Mets, Anthony Rendon grounded out to lead off the ninth. Next was Zimmerman, who clubbed a 3-1 fastball over the right field wall to give the Nationals just their second win in the last nine games.
"Just worked into a good count and tried to not do too much," said Zimmerman. "Good win. Obviously, with (Matt) Harvey starting, it's tough to get any runs but Ohlendorf stuck there right with him and after the way that first game went, it was a huge win."
Both of those have come in walk-off fashion with Bryce Harper hitting a two- run homer Thursday in a 9-7 victory over the Pirates.
Rafael Soriano (2-2) escaped troubled in the top of the inning to pick up the win. Andrew Brown hit a one-out double and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Ike Davis walked, putting runners at the corners, but Soriano retired Juan Lagares and Daniel Murphy.
Nationals starter Ross Ohlendorf allowed one run on six hits and a pair of walks over seven innings. He had a season-high eight strikeouts.
On the one-year anniversary of his major league debut, Matt Harvey pitched eight innings, allowing one unearned run on five hits while striking out seven and walking one for the Mets, who won the opener, 11-0 behind a 4-for-5, two- homer, five-RBI performance from Murphy.
"I was locating everything pretty well. Fastball command was right on point, just keeping everything down ... stayed pretty much on track with (John) Buck the whole game and he did a tremendous job."
Murphy went 6-for-10 in the doubleheader and is 13-for-25 over his last six games.
The teams have split 10 meetings this season.