7:05 PM ET
Detroit(41-29, 23-15 away)
Washington (30-41, 14-21 home)
DET: Bonderman (7-0, 3.92 ERA)
WAS: Bacsik (1-4, 4.59 ERA)
Washington (30-41), which has allowed 24 runs in the first two games of this series, has lost four of five after winning five of six.
"That's the best team we have played so far," Washington manager Manny Acta said. "They're the best hitting team in the world. ... It's no coincidence that that club was in the World Series, and I wouldn't bet against them being there again."
Brandon Watson will join the Nationals for this game and is expected to see playing time as a backup outfielder. Watson had his International League-record 43-game hit streak snapped Monday.
Mike Bacsik (1-4, 4.59) hopes to avoid his fifth straight loss for Washington. Since winning at Cincinnati on May 24, the left-hander has lost four straight starts with a 6.43 ERA. He lasted only 4 1-3 innings Friday in a 7-2 loss at Toronto, yielding three runs, nine hits and three walks.
Bacsik hasn't received much offensive support from his teammates, with the Nationals averaging 2.7 runs in his six starts.
He did have one of the best starts of his career against the Tigers while pitching for Texas on Aug. 4, 2004, scattering four hits over seven innings in an 8-0 victory.
Lets Go Nats!!!