The Washington Times - August 8, 2012, 04:37PM

HOUSTON — After two straight extra-innings games here at Minute Maid Park, the Nationals and Astros get back to it for Game 3 of this four-game series. A win tonight would give the Nationals the series.

Jayson Werth returns to the Nationals’ lineup after a day off to rest his legs and Kurt Suzuki makes his third start as a member of the Nationals, this one catching a familiar arm in Gio Gonzalez. Suzuki, who was Gonzalez’s battery mate for much of his time in Oakland, caught Gonzalez’s first major league start.


Tonight he’ll catch his first with them together in Nationals uniforms.

Here are the full lineups:


Steve Lombardozzi 2B
Bryce Harper CF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Adam LaRoche 1B
Michael Morse LF
Jayson Werth RF
Danny Espinosa SS
Kurt Suzuki C
Gio Gonzalez P


Jose Altuve 2B
Matt Downs 3B
Steve Pearce 1B
Justin Maxwell RF
J.D. Martinez LF
Carlos Corporan C
Brandon Barnes CF
Marwin Gonzalez SS
Andres Galarraga P