Two at bats after he hit a grand slam into the visitor's bullpen last night, Jayson Werth connected with a 3-0 fastball from Miami Marlins' starter Tom Koehler and hit his second home run of the year out to left-center field and into the Red Porch seats above the Kaiser Permanente® sign in Nationals Park.
Werth's blast brought Anthony Rendon around too after the Nats' second baseman walked in front of Werth again, just as he did last night, though it was an unintentional free pass from the Marlins this time. 2-0 Nationals early.
Stephen Strasburg struck out 10 Marlins' batters through six scoreless innings in which he threw a total of 78 pitches. As the Nats noted in the press box, it was the 13th time the 25-year-old right-hander reached double digits in Ks in the majors.
Marcell Ozuna got hold of a 94 mph 0-1 fastball in the seventh inning and hit it out to left field, 20+ rows deep for a solo blast that got the Marlins on the board, but Jerry Blevins came on to finish off the Fish and the Nationals held on for the three-game sweep.
Strasburg's Line: 6.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 12 Ks, 1 HR, 98 P, 71 S, 6/2 GO/FO.
Jerry Blevins, Aaron Barrett got the Nationals through seven and a half.
Marlins' right-hander Arquimedes Caminero gave up a bases-loaded walk in the Nats' eighth, forcing in a run, 3-1, and Ian Desmond hit a grand slam off the Marlins' reliever to blow it wide open. 7-1 Nationals.
Rafael Soriano threw a scoreless ninth to end it.
With this afternoon's win the Washington Nationals improved to 7-2 on the season and they now head to Atlanta to start a three-game series with the Braves tomorrow night.