Still looking for his first road win of the season, Tony Armas Jr. will take another shot at it when the NL East-leading Washington Nationals continue a three-game series with the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Armas is 3-0 with a 2.83 ERA in five starts at RFK Stadium this year, but 0-4 with an 8.74 ERA in four road outings. The right-hander has lost six straight decisions over his last 10 road starts dating to a 7-1 win on April 10, 2003, at Wrigley.
Armas missed most of 2003 and the first half of last season with a torn rotator cuff.
The Nationals won Friday’s series opener 4-3 as Livan Hernandez tied a franchise record by winning his 11th straight decision.
Jose Guillen hit a solo homer in the first inning, catcher Brian Schneider went 3-for-5 with two doubles and helped preserve a one-run lead by picking off the potential tying run at third base with one out in the eighth inning.
The Cubs have lost two straight after winning four in a row.
“It seems like as soon as we get on a roll, we fall back a little bit,” said Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee, who homered and tripled in the loss.
Jerome Williams will take the mound for the Cubs on Saturday, hoping to win for the second time in as many starts since coming to Chicago from San Francisco in a trade for reliever LaTroy Hawkins on May 28.
Williams won his Cubs debut on June 21, beating Milwaukee 4-2. He gave up two runs and three hits over seven innings, striking out six.