Cardinals vs. Nationals, 2012 NLDS Game 4: Time, TV schedule, starting pitchers and more

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Cardinals ace Kyle Lohse takes the mound with a chance to close out the series.

After a one-run defeat in Game 1, the St. Louis Cardinals now have the Washington Nationals on the ropes after two straight eight-run victories. The Cardinals and Nationals square off in Game 4 of the National League Division Series on Thursday in Washington, D.C.

Cardinals ace Kyle Lohse takes the hill for his second start of the postseason. On Friday, he gave up two runs in 5⅔ innings to pick up the win against the Atlanta Braves in the one-game wild card playoff, which got St. Louis into the series with the Nationals. In the regular season, Lohse posted a record of 16-3 with a team-leading ERA of 2.86.

Lohse has pitched against Washington twice, both in the month of September. He received no decision in either contest, but did give up an unhealthy nine earned runs in 11⅔ innings.

The Nationals will counter with Ross Detwiler, who makes his first start of the postseason. The lefty was 10-8 with a 3.40 ERA in the regular season. His only appearance against the Cardinals came less than two weeks ago when he was chased after 2⅓ innings. He was responsible for seven runs, although only three were earned.

First pitch is set for 3:07 p.m. CT, and the game will air on TBS.

Lineups are expected to be the same as Wednesday's:

CARDINALS

1. Jon Jay CF
2. Carlos Beltran RF
3. Matt Holliday LF
4. Allen Craig 1B
5. Yadier Molina C
6. David Freese 3B
7. Daniel Descalso 2B
8. Pete Kozma SS
9. Kyle Lohse P

NATIONALS

1. Jayson Werth RF
2. Bryce Harper CF
3. Ryan Zimmerman 3B
4. Adam LaRoche 1B
5. Michael Morse LF
6. Ian Desmond SS
7. Danny Espinosa 2B
8. Kurt Suzuki C
9. Ross Detwiler P

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