- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

MIAMI — Bryce Harper hit a grand slam, one of four home runs in a seven-run seventh inning for the Washington Nationals, who beat the Miami Marlins, 7-0, on Tuesday.

The four home runs in an inning marked a Nationals record, and a record for Marlins pitchers.

Stephen Strasburg (3-0) struck out 10 batters while pitching three-hit ball for eight innings. He was locked in a scoreless duel with Adam Conley until Jayson Werth hit his 200th career home run with one out in the seventh.

Wilson Ramos homered on the next pitch, and after Washington loaded the bases, Harper hit his seventh home run off left-hander Chris Narveson. Ryan Zimmerman followed with a solo home run, his first.

Harper has hit a home run in five of the past six games, and he has 20 RBI. The grand slam was his second in five days and the second of his career.

The dimensions at Marlins Park were shortened before the season, but only Zimmerman’s home run benefited from the cozier confines. Ramos’ home run  bounced off the top of the fence.

Washington’s Daniel Murphy, who entered the game leading the majors in batting, went 2-for-4 to hike his average to .422.

Strasburg had two singles to raise his career average to .149. He also struck out 10 batters and lowered his ERA to 1.25.

The right-hander gave up an extra-base hit for the first time this year when Stanton doubled with one out in the fourth, but he advanced no farther. Nationals starters improved to 8-2 with an ERA of 1.98.

Shawn Kelley completed the four-hitter for Washington’s second shutout.

Conley (0-1) extended his scoreless streak to 12 innings before he tired in the seventh. He gave up four runs in 6 2/3 innings.

Miami fell to 1-6 at home.

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