The Washington Times - April 21, 2011, 09:10AM

ST. LOUIS — The Nationals have a chance this afternoon to win their third series in their last four and to head to Pittsburgh two games over .500 for longer than two hours for the first time since May 16, 2010.

In order to do that, though, they’ll need their offense to perk up after a quiet night in a 5-3 loss to the Cardinals in Game 2 of a doubleheader.

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The good news there is that the middle of the Nationals’ lineup has hit Cardinals right-hander Kyle Lohse well in their careers. 

Tom Gorzelanny will be on the mound for the Nationals. He is 2-4 with a 4.98 ERA in his career against St. Louis but is 1-1 with a 3.20 mark at Busch Stadium.

Here’s how the Nationals have done in the past against Lohse:

Danny Espinosa: Never faced

Rick Ankiel: Never faced 

Jayson Werth: 4-for-7 (.571), 2 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB, .625 OBP,. 1.714 SLG, 1 K

Adam LaRoche: 5-for-21 (.238), 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, .273 OBP, .333 SLG, 3 K

Michael Morse: 3-for-3 (1.000), 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1.000 OBP, 1.667 SLG

Ian Desmond: 3-for-6 (.500)

Jerry Hairston Jr.: 2-for-15 (.133), 1 2B, 3 BB, .278 OBP, 3 K

Ivan Rodriguez: 13-for-41 (.317), 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, .333 OBP, .341 SLG, 5 K

Tom Gorzelanny: Never faced

Others:

Matt Stairs: 6-for-26 (.231), 2 RBI, 5 BB, .355 OBP, .231 SLG, 4 K

Laynce Nix: 4-for-14 (.286), 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, .286 OBP, .571 SLG, 7 K

Alex Cora: 2-for-5 (.400), 1 2B, .400 OBP, .600 SLG, 1 K

Jesus Flores: 1-for-2 (.500), 1 2B