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8-10, 5.14 ERA
11-12, 5.13 ERALineups:Washington
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The Arizona Diamondbacks picked up Livan Hernandez from the Washington Nationals in last month, hoping the veteran right-hander could help with their playoff run. Instead the team has almost fallen out of contention.
Hernandez faces his former team for the second time since his Aug. 7 trade when the Diamondbacks (68-77) close out a three-game series against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday.
Hernandez (11-12, 5.10 ERA) is 3-5 with a 4.83 ERA in nine career starts against the Nationals (63-82). He allowed four runs and 11 hits in 7 2-3 innings of a 4-3 loss on Sept. 2, which marked his return to RFK Stadium.
The Nationals will hand the ball to Tony Armas Jr. (8-10, 5.14), who is winless in his last four starts and has gone 1-5 with a 6.86 ERA in his last nine outings. On Friday he walked a season-high seven batter and allowed four runs - two earned - in 5 2-3 innings of an 11-8 loss to the Colorado Rockies , but did not factor in the decision.
Armas is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in three starts against the Diamondbacks. He allowed three runs and four hits in 6 1-3 innings on Sept. 3, but did not receive a decision in the 5-3 victory.