Strasburg leads Nats to 4-game sweep of Marlins

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Strasburg leads Nats to 4-game sweep of Marlins
Washington Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg pitches to the Miami Marlins during during the first inning of a baseball game in Miami, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

MIAMI (AP) — Stephen Strasburg pitched seven strong innings to help the NL-leading Washington Nationals to a 2-1 win over the Miami Marlins on Sunday for a four-game sweep.

Nate Schierholtz and Anthony Rendon drove in runs for the Nationals (91-64), who have won eight of nine and lead the Los Angeles Dodgers (88-67) for the best record in the National League .

Strasburg (13-11) allowed three hits and two walks. He struck out five while throwing 55 of his 84 pitches for strikes.

Rafael Soriano got through the ninth for his 32nd save in 39 chances.

Marlins’ pinch-hitter Reed Johnson led off the ninth with a double and scored on a sacrifice fly by Donovan Solano to cut the deficit to 2-1. Casey McGehee lined out to a sliding Bryce Harper in left field to end the game.

The Nationals scored in the fifth off Nathan Eovaldi (6-13). Jose Lobaton led off the inning with a double and scored on Schierholtz’s triple to center field. Rendon followed with an RBI single.

Eovaldi allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings.

The Marlins had four hits and have lost five of six.


Marlins : CF Marcell Ozuna sprained his right ankle running into second base in the seventh inning and left the game. Ozuna attempted to reach second after his hit was bobbled by left fielder Kevin Frandsen . Ozuna went into the base without sliding and hit the bag awkwardly before tumbling and was tagged out. He was helped off the field without putting any pressure on his ankle. X-rays were negative.


Both teams are off on Monday before their final seven games of the regular season.

Washington : Hosts the New York Mets for a three-game series beginning on Tuesday with RHP Tanner Roark (14-10, 2.85) on the mound against Mets RHP Bartolo Colon (14-12, 4.02).

Miami: At Philadelphia . RHP Henderson Alvarez (11-6, 2.82) faces Phillies LHP Cole Hamels (9-7, 2.47).


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