Red-hot Nats sweep Marlins

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Updated: August 29, 2013

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – The Nationals’ 2-5 hitters combined for 10
hits — which included homers from Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond
— while Gio Gonzalez fired seven shutout innings as Washington finished off a
three-game sweep of the Miami Marlins with a 9-0 win on Thursday.

Harper scored three times while Werth and Desmond each clubbed three-run
homers. Werth also had three hits, as did Ryan Zimmerman, as the Nationals
captured their eighth win in nine games to move 6 1/2 back of idle Cincinnati
for the second Wild Card spot in the National League.

Gonzalez (8-6) had no problem dicing through the majors’ worst offense, as the
Marlins managed just three hits and three walks against the lefty while
striking out eight times.

Tom Koehler (3-9) took the brunt of Washington’s offense production, tagged
for six runs on seven hits and four walks over five-plus innings. Miami,
losers in eight of nine, has produced just 17 runs over its most recent slump.

After working through a bases-loaded jam in the second, Gonzalez settled down
to retire 16 of the last 17 batters he faced, scattering just a single over
the stretch.

The offense would come in bunches for Washington, with Harper opening a 2-0
lead in the fourth. Zimmerman walked to begin the frame and Harper followed
with an opposite-field blast over the left center field wall.

Zimmerman and Harper both reached again their next turn at the plate with a
single and a walk, respectively. Werth then demolished a breaking pitch from
Koehler deep into the left field seats for a 5-0 Washington lead.

Koehler never recorded an out in the inning, with Sam Dyson taking over with
runners on first and second. Anthony Rendon made it a six-run spread with a
one-out, run-scoring single into left.

Zimmerman and Harper sparked another rally in the seventh with singles, and
while Zimmerman would get thrown at the plate on a base hit from Werth, the
Nationals still tacked on three runs on Desmond’s homer to make it 9-0.

Game Notes

Washington’s Denard Span went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 12
games, while Harper’s two-hit effort pushed his streak to 11 games … The
Nationals are 6-0 against the Marlins at Nationals Park this season … Miami
recalled Dyson from Triple-A New Orleans prior to the game and optioned
pitcher Arquimedes Caminero to the minor league affiliate.