McLouth 2 RBIs leads Nats over Marlins 4-1

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JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - Nate McLouth hit an RBI double in the first inning and his second spring-training home run in the sixth, helping the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 4-1 Monday.

“His swing is coming,” Nationals manager Matt Williams about. “He’s getting to the point that he’s getting the bat head on those heaters. He’s right where he needs to be.”

In a game played in constant drizzle, Nationals starter Taylor Jordan allowed one run and five hits in 5 2-3 innings.

“He’s pitched well the whole spring for us,” Williams said. “He’s been using the sinker more. He’s just pounded the strike zone in his last couple of outings.”

Miami starter Tom Koehler gave up two runs and five hits in six innings.

Washington swept its four spring-training games against the Marlins.

Giancarlo Stanton had an RBI double for Miami.

STARTING TIME

Nationals: Taylor Jordan, who had 58 strikes in 86 pitches, is taking a wait-and-see attitude in his competition with Tanner Roark for the Nationals’ fifth rotation spot.

“I’m just extremely pleased I’ve come back as strong as I have after breaking my ankle in the offseason,” Jordan said.

Marlins: Koehler threw 54 strikes among 91 pitches.

“Today was one of those days where you had the weather, and we weren’t sure we were going to start on time,” Miami manager Mike Redmond said. “He got off to a rough start from the beginning. You’re not going to have your best stuff every day.”

TRAINING ROOM

Marlins: Adeiny Hechavarria, slowed by a mild groin strain, was replaced by Austin Nola at shortstop in the fifth inning.

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