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Nationals blanked by Alvarez, Marlins

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 29, 2014 at 11:23 pm •  Published: July 29, 2014

MIAMI (AP) — Even though Washington Nationals were on the wrong end of the result, it was a positive outing for Stephen Strasburg.

Strasburg pitched well Tuesday night in the Nationals' 3-0 loss to Miami, the Marlins' sixth straight win.

Strasburg (7-9) allowed one run and four hits in seven innings. He gave up four runs in each of his last two starts.

"I just tried to keep the ball down and less contact and really move it in and out," Strasburg said.

The Marlins got to Strasburg in the sixth when Giancarlo Stanton drove in his first of two runs in the game.

"That might be the best that I've seen him pitch," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "He had a really good fastball going. He's had some struggles the last couple of years pitching here in Miami, but tonight he was sharp."

Miami was led by its two All-Stars in Stanton and Henderson Alvarez (8-5), who pitched seven innings of three-hit ball.

Christian Yelich also drove in a run for the Marlins, who have won nine of 10.

At 53-53, the Marlins have climbed back to the .500 mark for the first time since June 25 when they were 39-39. They trail the Nationals by five games in the NL East.

"They've got the ability to roll off like they're rolling right now," Nationals manager Matt Williams said.

Steve Cishek loaded the bases in the ninth before striking out Anthony Rendon to record his 27th save in 30 chances.

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