Miami Marlins second baseman Starlin Castro was sluggish at the plate heading into his team's abbreviated two-game set against the Washington Nationals, but that quickly changed in the series opener. After homering to highlight a three-RBI performance in an 8-5 win, Castro looks to provide an encore on Tuesday as the last-place Marlins vie for a sweep of their visiting National League East rivals.

Castro had a two-run double in the fifth inning before capping the scoring in the series opener for Miami (59-91), which has answered a five-game losing skid with back-to-back victories. The 28-year-old Dominican has feasted on the Nationals this season, going 21-for-56 with two homers, six RBIs and 11 runs scored - although he is just 2-for-12 with seven strikeouts against Tuesday's scheduled starter Stephen Strasburg. Anthony Rendon homered to highlight his three-hit performance for Washington (76-75), which fell for just the third time in 10 contests. Rendon has reached base in a team-best 26 consecutive outings, although rookie Juan Soto saw his 21-game streak halted in the series opener.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, MASN (Washington), FS Florida (Miami)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Nationals RH Stephen Strasburg (8-7, 3.87 ERA) at Marlins RH Sandy Alcantara (2-0, 1.42)

Strasburg has reeled in four straight victories while posting a slim 0.67 ERA in his last four starts against the Marlins. The 30-year-old scattered three hits and struck out eight in five frames of a 5-2 win at Miami on May 27. Strasburg improved to 2-0 with a 2.55 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in his last four outings overall on Wednesday after allowing one run on five hits while striking out nine over seven innings of a 5-1 triumph at Philadelphia.

Alcantara will make his fourth consecutive start against an NL East foe this season on Tuesday after sandwiching encounters with the New York Mets around a scoreless stint versus Philadelphia. The 23-year-old Dominican permitted two runs on as many hits in a no-decision against the Mets on Thursday. Alcantara will be making his 12th career trip to the mound to face Washington for the first time.

WALK-OFFS

1. Washington OF Bryce Harper is 4-for-27 with 13 strikeouts in his last seven games.

2. Miami CF Lewis Brinson is 3-for-8 with two RBIs and two runs scored in his last two contests after going 1-for-17 in his previous five.

3. Nationals SS Trea Turner has scored four runs during his six-game hitting streak.

PREDICTION: Nationals 4, Marlins 2  Bet Now

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Matt Grace Pitching order:2
Batting order:9 Slot:3
Position: Reliever (RP)
Justin Miller Pitching order:3
Batting order:9 Slot:4
Position: Reliever (RP)
Greg Holland Pitching order:4
Batting order:9 Slot:5
Position: Reliever (RP)
Sean Doolittle Pitching order:5
Batting order:9 Slot:7
Position: Reliever (RP)
Stephen Strasburg Pitching order:1
Batting order:9 Slot:1
Position: Starter (SP)
Juan Soto Batting order:5 Slot:1
Position: Left Outfield (LF)
Matt Wieters Batting order:7 Slot:1
Position: Catcher (C)
Wilmer Difo Batting order:8 Slot:1
Position: Second Base (2B)
Victor Robles Batting order:1 Slot:2
Position: Pinch Hitter (PH)
2nd Position: (CF)
Andrew Stevenson Batting order:9 Slot:2
Position: Pinch Hitter (PH)
Mark Reynolds Batting order:9 Slot:6
Position: Pinch Hitter (PH)
Bryce Harper Batting order:3 Slot:1
Position: Center Outfield (CF)
2nd Position: (RF)
Adam Eaton Batting order:1 Slot:1
Position: Right Outfield (RF)
Anthony Rendon Batting order:4 Slot:1
Position: Third Base (3B)
Trea Turner Batting order:2 Slot:1
Position: Shortstop (SS)
Ryan Zimmerman Batting order:6 Slot:1
Position: First Base (1B)

Team Name

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Tayron Guerrero Pitching order:2
Batting order:9 Slot:2
Position: Reliever (RP)
Tyler Kinley Pitching order:3
Batting order:9 Slot:4
Position: Reliever (RP)
Drew Rucinski Pitching order:4
Batting order:9 Slot:5
Position: Reliever (RP)
Jarlin Garcia Pitching order:5
Batting order:8 Slot:2
Position: Reliever (RP)
Javy Guerra Pitching order:6
Batting order:8 Slot:3
Position: Reliever (RP)
Sandy Alcantara Pitching order:1
Batting order:9 Slot:1
Position: Starter (SP)
Austin Dean Batting order:7 Slot:1
Position: Left Outfield (LF)
J.T. Realmuto Batting order:3 Slot:1
Position: Catcher (C)
Miguel Rojas Batting order:2 Slot:1
Position: Second Base (2B)
Starlin Castro Batting order:8 Slot:4
Position: Pinch Hitter (PH)
Rafael Ortega Batting order:9 Slot:3
Position: Pinch Hitter (PH)
Isaac Galloway Batting order:9 Slot:6
Position: Pinch Hitter (PH)
2nd Position: (RF)
Lewis Brinson Batting order:6 Slot:1
Position: Center Outfield (CF)
Magneuris Sierra Batting order:8 Slot:1
Position: Right Outfield (RF)
Brian Anderson Batting order:5 Slot:1
Position: Third Base (3B)
JT Riddle Batting order:1 Slot:1
Position: Shortstop (SS)
Peter O'Brien Batting order:4 Slot:1
Position: First Base (1B)

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