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The Associated Press

The only time Doug Fister pitched in San Francisco, he was outdueled in a World Series game by the Giants' Madison Bumgarner.

With both pitchers having produced a string of stellar outings lately, the two could put on a similar show as the Washington Nationals continue their four-game set against the Giants on Tuesday night.

While with Detroit in 2012, Fister (4-1, 3.19 ERA) was on the wrong end of a 2-0 defeat in Game 2 of the World Series in San Francisco. He gave up one run in six innings while Bumgarner pitched seven en route to helping the Giants win a second championship in three seasons.

With the best record in the majors, the Giants (42-22) appear poised to contend for another title. Bumgarner (8-3, 2.68 ERA) has helped by going 6-0 with a 1.91 ERA in his last seven starts. Fister, meanwhile, has contributed to his staff's recent dominance.

The Nationals (33-29) have a 1.37 ERA during an 8-2 stretch, and their starters have posted a 1.29 mark.

Fister is 4-0 with a 2.23 ERA in his last five starts, including 1-0 with a 1.46 ERA in his last two on the road. He gave up two runs and four hits over seven innings in a 4-2 home win over Philadelphia on Thursday.

Bumgarner gave up a solo homer and two singles in eight innings in a 6-1 win in Cincinnati that same day. He has a 0.82 ERA, 25 strikeouts and one walk spanning 22 innings in his last three starts.

Bumgarner is 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA in his last three starts against Washington and will try to extend the longest active win streak in the majors. Barry Zito is the last Giants pitcher to win seven consecutive decisions from Aug. 7-Oct. 2, 2012.

Along with their impressive pitching, the Nationals have batted .290 with 67 runs in their last 11 games. Ian Desmond finished a home run shy of the cycle and drove in a career-high five runs in a 9-2 victory in Monday's series opener.

Desmond has nine of his team-best 42 RBIs in the last three games.

The Giants, who lost four only the fourth time in 17 games, had a five-game overall and home win streaks snapped.

The Nationals won despite missing Anthony Rendon for the third straight game due to a sore right thumb. Rendon was batting .371 with four homers in his last eight games before getting injured.

Manager Matt Williams said there's a chance Rendon could return Tuesday.

"He is a lot better today than he was yesterday, so I think one more day and he will be ready to go tomorrow," Williams told the team's website Monday. "He is still a little sore, though."

The Giants, meanwhile, are hoping to get Angel Pagan back in the lineup from a bruised shin. Pagan, batting .321, made a pinch-hit appearance Monday.

"Hopefully (Tuesday)," Pagan told the team's website when he might start.

Denard Span had three hits Monday, and Jayson Werth went 2 for 4 with a pair of RBIs. Span is hitting .365 in the last 11 games and Werth .346 in his past 12.

Span and Werth are a combined 1 for 15 against Bumgarner, including the postseason. Rendon doubled in one of his two at-bats versus the left-hander.