Marlins lose 7-1 to Nationals, finishing sweep

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The outset was inauspicious for the right-hander, though. Christian Yelich led off the game with a single up the middle, stole second and took third on an error. But he got caught in a rundown when he tried to head home on Dietrich’s comebacker.

There wasn’t another baserunner for Miami until shortstop Desmond booted Adeiny Hechavarria’s grounder for an error in the fifth. But Strasburg struck out Jeff Mathis looking at a 95 mph fastball to end the inning, then hopped off the mound.

Miami’s second hit, improbably, came off the bat of Koehler, who beat out an infield single to the hole at short in the sixth. After striking out Yelich, Strasburg hit Dietrich with a pitch, bringing up the Marlins’ best hitter, Giancarlo Stanton, with two aboard and one out in a 2-0 game.

“Any ball he puts in play can take somebody’s head off,” Strasburg said.

But Strasburg struck out Stanton looking and got cleanup hitter Garrett Jones swinging at a high fastball for his 10th K - the 13th time the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 amateur draft had at least that many in a game.

Stanton’s next at-bat came in the eighth against rookie Aaron Barrett, who struck him out with a slider.

“He’s a bulldog,” Strasburg said about Barrett. “He’s not scared of anybody.”

NOTES: The Marlins open a three-game series Friday at Philadelphia, where RHP Jose Fernandez (2-0, 0.71) will start against Phillies RHP A.J. Burnett (0-1, 3.86). … Marlins LHP Brad Hand, who allowed three runs in 3 1-3 innings Wednesday, is slated to start again Monday in Miami against Washington in place of RHP Jacob Turner (DL, shoulder). … Marlins INF Rafael Furcal (DL, left hamstring) is scheduled to start playing Monday at extended spring training in Jupiter, Fla.

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