After a balky beginning, Strasburg and Nationals settle in to defeat Marlins

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MIAMI —  Stephen Strasburg overcame a shaky start to earn his first victory in nearly a month.

Strasburg gave up four runs and four hits in six innings to help the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 6-4 on Sunday.

“I knew if I kept the game close we could bust it open,” Strasburg said.

Ryan Zimmerman homered, his third shot in two days, and Wilson Ramos also connected for Washington.

Strasburg (7-9) struck out seven and also hit a batter, threw a wild pitch and had two run-scoring balks. It was his first win since Aug. 11 against Philadelphia.

“Stras should have been able to go further but he was a little out of sorts today,” Nationals manager Davey Johnson said.

Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth for his 39th save in 45 chances.

Ramos and Ian Desmond each had three hits and drove in two runs. Denard Span extended his hitting streak to 19 games, the longest active streak in the majors.

“I like the way our lineup is swinging the bat,” Johnson said.

Justin Ruggiano had three of the Marlins’ six hits.

Jacob Turner (3-6) allowed five runs in four innings.

“We know we have to pitch and play almost perfect to win and we weren’t able to do that,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said.

Ramos hit a solo homer in the second.

“I got a fast ball and I was able to get all of it,” Ramos said.

The Marlins responded in the bottom half with three runs as Strasburg was erratic.

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