PHOENIX -- Washington manager Dusty Baker said he always admired the way Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice went about his business, and he wants the Nationals to apply that style as they enter the final two months of the season.The best mentality to have is thinking about crossing the finish line before anyone else does and carrying it toward the playoffs, Baker said after the Nationals 14-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first game of a three-game series at Chase Field on Monday.But its crossing the finish line first. Its like stacking dollars, stacking pennies. More victories, more victories, more victories. Our goal is to win getaway days, win series and try to sweep some teams along the way. And look at the finish line.I watched Jerry Rice for years, and I never saw Jerry Rice look back. When he got open, he didnt look back. He looked straight to the finish line. To the goal line. They said Jerry Rice was too slow, but I never saw him get caught.The Nationals (62-44) increased their lead in the National League East to five games over the Miami Marlins and 7 1/2 over the defending NL champion New York Mets when Stephen Strasburg earned his major-league-leading 15th win Monday.Washington right-hander Tanner Roark will start the second game of the series against Arizona left-hander Robbie Ray, who was selected by the Nationals in the 12th round of the 2010 draft before being traded to Detroit and then Arizona prior to the 2015 season.Roark (10-6, 2.96 ERA) is one of three 10-game winners on the Nationals, and Arizona will see a third when former D-backs right-hander Max Scherzer starts the final game of the series Wednesday.Ray (5-10, 4.70 ERA) set career highs in strikeouts in each of his past two outings, getting 10 at Cincinnati on July 23 and 11 at Milwaukee on Thursday.He has that kind of fastball, Arizona manager Chip Hale said. He can throw 10 fastballs in a row and probably not get hit. Its the ability to maybe spin the ball in there that has made the difference with him.Ray will be facing the Nationals for the first time in his career. Roark, meanwhile, will be looking to extend his dominance against the Diamondbacks. In five games (two starts) covering 18 1/3 innings vs. Arizona, Roark has yet to allow an earned run.Washington collected a season-high 19 hits Monday when the D-backs gave up 14 runs for the second game in a row.Arizona (43-63) has lost 15 of 20 games and is 17-36 at home. Washington has 31 road victories, tied with St. Louis for the most in the majors.The Nationals broke a two-game losing streak Monday after losing the final two games of a series at NL West-leading San Francisco, and Baker sees good things ahead.The Giants, they had a 20-game run, said Baker, who saw the Giants go 15-5 in June. In my heart, I know there is a 20-gamer in there for us. 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STORRS, Conn. -- Former Big East foes UConn and Syracuse meet Saturday for the first time since 2012.And while a matchup of the two national basketball powers once elicited excitement on campus no matter the sport, its being treated this week as just another non-conference game.Is it really still a rivalry? asked UConn coach Bob Diaco, who is in his third year in Storrs. You guys have a much better perspective of that than I do here. I think its an exciting matchup of local-like teams and universities.Its also a matchup of vastly contrasting styles.UConn (2-1) is a methodical team that runs about 66 plays a game and puts up an average of 330 yards of offense. It wants to win games by controlling field position and time of possession. It is built, Diaco said, to keep games close. The Huskies three games this season have been decided by a total of 10 points.Syracuse (1-2), under first-year-coach Dino Babers, runs the fastest-paced offense in college football, with an average of 93 snaps and 505 yards offense. They ran a school-record 105 plays a week ago.Its like defending two games, Diaco said.The Orange, who will be playing their first road game this season, are trying to bounce back from back-to-back double-digit losses Louisville (62-28) and South Florida (45-20).As we grow together, well get better and better at it, said Babers.Here are some other things to watch for as UConn hosts Syracuse:DOG TIREDDiaco said hes concerned that Syracuses hurry-up tempo could be dangerous if he is unable to get fatigued defenders off the field. He said there is nothing he can do tactically to slow down the pace of the game and would never coach a player to fake an injury just to stop play. But he said exhaustion is a real possibility if his team is unable to substitute. Miikal Myers, UConns 325-pound defensive tackle, said he and his teammates feel they are physically ready for the challenge.dddddddddddd Strength and conditioning coach Matt Balis kills us all summer, so hopefully in translates to the game on Saturday, he said.RECEIVERSThe game features two of the nations top wide receivers. Syracuses Amba Etta-Tawo , a graduate transfer from Maryland, has 28 catches for 436 yards and three touchdowns. He leads the Atlantic Coast Conference and ranks third nationally in receiving yards per game (145.3), and his 9.3 receptions per game are tied for fourth in the Football Bowl Subdivision. UConns Noel Thomas has 26 catches (seventh nationally) for 277 yards. No other Husky receiver has more than seven catches.BABERS-QUARTERBACK SUCCESSSyracuse quarterback Eric Dungey is has already thrown for 960 yards this season. Hes hoping to follow in the footsteps of other signal callers who have done well in Babers high-octane offense. One of those guys is Jimmy Garoppolo. The New England Patriots quarterback played under Babers at Eastern Illinois, where he threw for 8,873 yards and 84 touchdowns over two seasons.GOING FOR ITSyracuse has attempted to convert nine fourth downs already this season and has been successful five times. The Orange have punted the ball 19 times. UConn is 3 for 3 in fourth-down conversion attempts.SERIESUConn has won six of the nine meetings between the programs, which all occurred between 2004 and 2012, when both were members of the Big East. The Orange beat the Huskies 40-10 in their last game, which was played at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse has never beaten the Huskies in Connecticut. ' ' '