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

Strasburg gave up two hits, walked two and balked twice. After his second balk, he retired 10 in a row.

“Obviously, it can go two ways and you can let something like (the balks) affect you the next inning, but the way we’ve been swinging the bats I didn’t want to do that,” Strasburg said.

Zimmerman hit his 20th homer in the third. He has five homers in his last six games and has hit home runs in back-to-back games for the first time since hitting in three straight from Sept. 7-10, 2012.

Desmond tied the game at 3 with an RBI double.

The Nationals regained the lead in the fifth on an RBI single by Ramos ending Turner’s outing.

“Obviously the team, in order to get the lead, is battling and then to give it right back is just frustrating,” Turner said.

Anthony Rendon hit an RBI triple for a 5-3 advantage later in the fifth and Desmond’s RBI triple to deep center field pushed the lead to 6-3 in the sixth.

Miami got a run back in the sixth on a pinch-hit RBI single by Greg Dobbs.

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