Carlos Zambrano's teams have never lost seven straight of his starts over his 12-year career.
The Miami Marlins look to help Zambrano avoid that fate Monday night while also hoping their bats break out as they seek a four-game home split with the Washington Nationals.
Zambrano (4-7, 4.20 ERA) is 0-4 with an 8.00 ERA in his last six outings. It matches his longest career winless run with the Cubs from Aug. 3-Sept. 3, 2007, when he went 0-5 with an 8.29 ERA.
The right-hander is 7-2 with a 2.83 ERA in his last nine outings against Washington (51-35), going 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA in two this year. Steve Lombardozzi is 3 for 4 against Zambrano in 2012 while the Marlins starter has limited the trio of Danny Espinosa, Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche to one hit in 17 at-bats.
Washington has outscored Miami 10-3 in winning two of three to start this series. Each Nationals starter has pitched six innings, with Jordan Zimmermann and Stephen Strasburg turning in scoreless efforts in victories ...