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Redding played a big part in staking the Nationals to their 14th loss in 18 games against the Marlins this year, but Washington’s offense didn’t help.

Playing without their top two hitters (Cristian Guzman and Ryan Zimmerman were out with the flu), the Nationals managed just two runs off Florida starter Josh Johnson, losing to the left-hander for the second time in 11 days.

“It’s very tough, especially when you’re going against a guy like Johnson,” Acta said. “It was just a big, deep hole for us.”

Both of Washington’s runs against Johnson came in the second inning, with their middle infielders generating the offense. Anderson Hernandez led off with a walk, and Bonifacio drove him in with a triple to right. The second baseman then scored on Alberto Gonzalez’s groundout to second, but the Nationals added just two more runs.

The Nationals had talked about an extension with the arbitration-eligible Redding earlier this season, and he said Wednesday he would like to return to Washington next season.

“It’s sad to see it end as rough as it was the last couple outings,” Redding said. “It’s something that keeps me hungry.”