Colon tries to finish Nationals

Colon tries to finish off Nationals

The Angels fell Tuesday but can still take their Interleague series from Washington with a win Wednesday.

The Halos will send ace Bartolo Colon to the hill. Colon is 4-0 over his last six starts and has allowed only 82 hits and 21 walks in 87 1/3 innings this season.

The Nationals will start Ryan Drese, whom they claimed off waivers from Texas on Friday. Drese has given up five or more runs in seven of his 12 starts this season, including his last two outings for the Rangers. He is 4-3 with a 4.19 ERA in seven career starts against the Angels.

The Angels led, 3-1, Tuesday, but a two-run homer by Jose Guillen keyed a four-run eighth by the Nationals against Scot Shields (5-4). Starter Ervin Santana allowed only four hits and one run in 6 1/3 innings.

Pitching matchup
WAS: RHP Ryan Drese
• 4-6, 6.46 ERA in 2005
• 0-1, 3.86 ERA vs. LAA in 2005

LAA: RHP Bartolo Colon
• 8-3, 3.09 ERA in 2005
• Has not faced WAS in 2004 or 2005

Player to watch
Adam Kennedy is 5-for-14 (.357) against Drese with a double and four RBIs.

"As long as we're playing guys in our division in the beginning, middle and end [of the season] home and home ... that always keeps a team from getting too far ahead or too far behind." -- manager Mike Scioscia, explaining why he's OK with Interleague Play

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
Official game notes

On television

On radio
• WAS: Z104-FM
• LAA: KSPN 710 AM; KTNQ 1020 AM (Español)

Quick hits
Darin Erstad singled in the first inning Tuesday, extending his hitting streak to a career-high 15 games. ... Santana threw 14 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings prior to allowing a sixth-inning run Tuesday. ... Prior to Tuesday's loss, the Angels were 30-4 when leading after seven innings.

On deck
• Thursday: Off-day
• Friday: vs. Marlins, 7:05 p.m. PT
• Saturday: vs. Marlins, 12:15 p.m. PT

Mark Thoma is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.