The Diamondbacks need to win each of their final two games to finish this season above .500. Paul Goldschmidt, the NL's leading home run hitter, will try to help his club earn the first of those victories while securing a career-best hit streak Saturday night when he faces former D-backs pitcher Dan Haren in the continuation of a series against the Nationals.
Goldschmidt singled in the fifth inning Friday to extend his hit streak to 17 games, but Arizona (80-80) suffered a third straight loss in Friday's series opener with Washington. Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos each hit three-run homers for the Nationals (85-75) in an 8-4 victory.
Goldschmidt is slated to face Haren initially in his attempt at his first 18-game hit streak. The right-hander played for two-plus seasons in Arizona before being dealt to the Angels in July 2010. Haren won a career-best 16 games in 2008 for the Diamondbacks and tied that mark in 2011, but he enters this start just hoping to reach double digits.