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05/12/09 4:06 AM ET

Zimmermann set for first start vs. Giants

Washington (10-20) at San Francisco (17-14), 10:15 p.m. ET

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Nationals will try to get back on track in the second game of a three-game set against the Giants at AT&T Park on Tuesday night.

The Nationals have lost eight straight games against the Giants dating back to last season. Manager Manny Acta will hand the ball to righty Jordan Zimmermann, who has never faced the Giants in his young career.

"We just have to turn a few things around. We've had some errors or a play here and there that have hurt us," said Acta after the Nationals' 11-7 loss to the Giants on Monday.

Ryan Zimmerman will look to extend his hitting streak to 30 games against Giants right-hander Matt Cain. Zimmerman is 3-for-13 with a double and a homer against Cain.

Pitching matchup
WSH: RHP Jordan Zimmermann (2-1, 5.48 ERA)
Zimmermann started the game Thursday for Washington and had serious problems in the first inning against the Dodgers. After striking out leadoff hitter Rafael Furcal, Zimmermann couldn't get the next six hitters out. The first run scored on an RBI single by James Loney. Four batters later, Matt Kemp hit a grand slam over the right-center-field wall. Casey Blake followed and hit what looked like a routine fly ball to right-center field, but center fielder Elijah Dukes and right fielder Adam Dunn did not communicate on who was catching the ball, which dropped in for a triple. Dunn said that a fan in the stands called for the ball, and Dunn and Dukes thought the other called for the ball. Blake then scored on a sacrifice fly by Dodgers starter Randy Wolf. After that, Zimmermann retired the next nine hitters he faced. He went on to pitch six innings and give up six runs.

SF: RHP Matt Cain (3-1, 2.61 ERA)
All but one of Cain's six outings have been quality starts. Last Thursday at Colorado, he walked four of the first six batters he faced but settled down and lasted six innings, allowing one hit. It marked the ninth time in Cain's career -- including starts of varying lengths -- that he had yielded just one hit. Cain pitched one of his best games against Washington last July 24, when he spun a four-hit shutout in a 1-0 Giants triumph. He's 3-2 with a 2.36 ERA in six lifetime outings against the Nationals.

Starting pitcher Scott Olsen, who left Sunday's game after being hit by a line drive on his left ankle, will not miss his next start. According to Acta, Olsen was a little sore but is on schedule. ... The Nationals have homered in 10 of their last 11 games, including a season-best seven straight games. ... Giants infielder Emmanuel Burriss is one of only two Major Leaguers born in Washington, D.C. The other is Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan.

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Up next
• Wednesday: Nationals (Shairon Martis, 4-0, 4.67) at Giants (Barry Zito, 1-2, 3.57), 3:45 p.m. ET
• Thursday: Off-day
• Friday: Nationals (TBD) vs. Phillies (Joe Blanton, 1-3, 6.82), 7:05 p.m. ET

Jayson Addcox is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.