The Nationals hope to carry some momentum from Wednesday's 10-5 victory in Boston into a four-game series against the Phillies beginning Thursday night at Nationals Park.
The Phillies took two of three from the Nationals over the weekend at Citizens Bank Park as Washington scored just seven runs in the series.
The good news for Washington is that it has scored at least seven runs in each of the past two games.
Things to know about this game
• Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels dominated the Nationals on Saturday. He allowed two hits, one run, two walks and struck out five in seven innings. Hamels is hoping the offense can do something for him Thursday it has not done when he has been in his first two games this season: score a run.
• Nationals right-hander Doug Fister threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings against the Phillies. He is 2-2 with a 2.12 ERA in five career starts against them.
• The Phillies need Chase Utley and Ryan Howard to get going offensively. They are a combined 5-for-26 with one double, one RBI and five strikeouts against Fister.