Bryce Harper, as Davey Johnson said last night, will get a day off today in the middle of hitting .176 since the all-star break. Harper has now been in the lineup for all but five games since he arrived in the majors in late April. The Nationals will try for a sweep against right-hander Lucas Harrell, the Astros’ best pitcher this season.

1. Steve Lombardozzi, 2B

2. Roger Bernadina, CF

3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4. Adam LaRoche, 1B

5. Michael Morse, LF

6. Jayson Werth, RF

7. Danny Espinosa, SS

8. Kurt Suzuki, C

9. Jordan Zimmermann, SP