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The Philadelphia Phillies (68-57) will try to end a three-game losing streak on Wednesday when they visit the Washington Nationals (63-63) as large road underdogs at the sportsbooks. The Phillies dropped the series opener to the Nationals 10-4 on Tuesday , with their bullpen getting blown up for nine runs over three innings.MLB betting line: The Nationals opened as -173 favorites (wager $173 to win $100); the total is at 8.5 runs, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)MLB betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 3.5-1.6, Phillies (MLB picks on every game)Check out the OddsShark podcast on iTunes or at for more odds information, betting picks and a breakdown of this week's top sports betting news.Why the Phillies can pay on the MLB linesPhiladelphia's relief pitchers cannot perform much worse than they did on Tuesday, and hopefully Zach Eflin (9-4, 3.70 ERA) can stay in the game longer than Vincent Velasquez did. Velasquez gave up just one run in the first four innings before the bullpen imploded, and Eflin has gone at least six innings in each of his previous three outings.The 24-year-old righty has earned two wins over that stretch, and the one loss in between them was actually a better effort than either victory with two runs allowed in six innings and eight strikeouts. If Eflin can pitch like that again, the Phillies can win. Why the Nationals can pay on the MLB linesWashington started a fire sale earlier on Tuesday and then responded with a nice victory, perhaps motivated by the departures of Daniel Murphy and Matt Adams. Where the Nationals go from here remains to be seen, but they are back at the .500 mark and will see Stephen Strasburg (6-7, 3.90 ERA) go to the mound for the first time since July 20.Susan Walsh/Associated PressStrasburg surrendered six runs and eight hits in 4.2 innings of an 8-5 home loss to the Atlanta Braves in that last start and then proceeded to go on the disabled list with a neck injury. The extra rest should only benefit him in this spot, and he went 6-1 with a 2.36 ERA in 10 starts versus Philadelphia between 2015 and 2017.Smart betting pickAs great as Strasburg has been in the past, he has not been good in 2018. He has lost in each of his past three starts Justin Smoak Jersey , so it is extremely difficult to trust him as such a big favorite. The betting value is on Eflin and the Phillies, who had won eight of the previous 12 meetings in the series before Tuesday, according to the OddsShark MLB Database. MLB betting trendsThe total has gone over in five of Philadelphia's last seven games.Washington is 3-6 in its last nine games.The total has gone over in five of Washington's last six games at home.All MLB odds and betting trends according to Bleacher Report's official odds partner, OddsShark. Check out OddsShark on Twitter and Instagram or head to YouTube for more betting picks and analysis on this week's top games. You can also download the free odds tracker app. TORONTO (AP) — Tampa Bay’s Ryne Stanek became the first rookie pitcher in 75 years to start consecutive games — throwing one inning for the second straight day.“It’s pretty much the same as two relief appearances in a row,” Stanek said. “I didn’t really notice anything different.”Stanek combined with six relievers on a three-hitter in Tampa Bay’s 4-0 victory over Toronto on Tuesday night, which extended the Rays‘ winning streak to four.Tampa Bay has held Toronto to five hits or fewer in seven consecutive meetings, matching the longest streak in the majors since 1920. The Baltimore Orioles did it to the Washington Senators from Sept. 11, 1968, to April 18, 1969, according to STATS.“We’re getting outstanding pitching performances,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “It seems like just about every night we’re in a ballgame because of our pitching and defense.”Tampa Bay is 9-2 against the Blue Jays this season. Toronto has lost seven of its past nine.A night after throwing 16 pitches, Stanek allowed Devon Travis’ leadoff double and hit Kendrys Morales with a pitch with one out. Stanek escaped a 10-pitch first inning when Randal Grichuk struck out as Morales was caught stealing second.“That was huge for us right there to get the game started off on the right foot,” Stanek said.Stanek became the first rookie to start back-to-back games since the St. Louis Cardinals’ Red Munger got one out in a loss to Philadelphia on July 28, 1943 , then pitched a complete game victory over the Phillies the following day, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.“That’s definitely cool,” Stanek said.Stanek became the third pitcher to start consecutive games for the Rays after Sergio Romo against the Los Angeles Angels on May 19 and 20 this year and James Shields on both sides of the All-Star break in 2009.Before Romo, the previous big league pitcher to start consecutive games was Milwaukee’s Zack Grienke, who was ejected after four pitches on July 7, 2012, and started again the next day.Hunter Wood (1-1) pitched two hitless innings, Jalen Beeks worked 2 2/3 innings, Jose Alvarado got one out, Diego Castillo pitched the seventh and eighth, and Adam Kolarek got the first out in the ninth. Romo entered with runners at the corners and got his 19th save in 26 chances when Grichuk fouled out and Kevin Pillar flied out.Tampa Bay has 12 shutouts this season, two shy of AL-leading Cleveland. Three of the Rays’ shutouts have come against the Blue Jays.“They’ve got some good arms, guys have some good breaking balls,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.Matt Duffy reached base twice and had one RBI and Tommy Pham had two hits, including a run-scoring triple Aaron Sanchez Jersey , before leaving with a sore groin. Cash said Pham will likely sit Wednesday. The Rays are off Thursday.Rookie Ryan Borucki (3-4) allowed two runs and three hits in six innings.Borucki pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the first, then gave up Mallex Smith’s RBI groundout in the second. Starting with Smith, Borucki retired 15 of 16 before hitting Kevin Kiermaier with a pitch starting the seventh. Pinch-hitter Ji-Man Choi had an RBI double off Jake Petricka, Pham tripled with two outs and came around on Duffy’s single.BACK-TO-BACK BRUISESKiermaier was hit by pitches in two straight trips to the plate, once in the sixth and again in the seventh. He’s the third Rays player this season to be hit twice in the same game.IN A PINCHChoi is 4 for 7 with one homer and five RBI as a pinch hitter this season.TRAINER’S ROOMRays: Tampa Bay recalled RHP Jake Faria from Triple-A Durham and activated C Adam Moore off the restricted list. Moore was unable to join his teammates on the flight to Toronto on Sunday night because of what the team called improper documentation. To make room for Moore on the 40-man roster, the Rays moved INF Daniel Robertson (left thumb) to the 60-day disabled list.Blue Jays: Toronto put RHP Joe Biagini (strained left oblique) on the 10-day DL, retroactive to Saturday, and recalled Petricka from Triple-A Buffalo. … The Blue Jays recalled OF Dwight Smith Jr., 1B Rowdy Tellez and INF Richard Urena from Buffalo and selected the contract of OF Jonathan Davis from their top farm team.UP NEXTRays RHP Tyler Glasnow (0-2, 3.23) starts Wednesday’s series finale against RHP Aaron Sanchez (3-5, 5.22). Glasnow allowed one run and two hits in a loss to Cleveland last Fridays. Sanchez has an 11.88 ERA in two starts since returning from the DL after missing two months because of a finger injury.

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