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Nats end Marlins' six-game winning streak, 4-3

By STEVEN WINE
AP Sports Writer
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MIAMI (AP) As the Washington Nationals prepared to take the field with a three-run lead in the ninth, they braced themselves for another comeback bid by the feisty Miami Marlins.

This time the Nationals held on - barely. Drew Storen allowed two runs before securing the final out for his first save since August 2013, and Washington averted a series sweep by snapping Miami's six-game winning streak with a 4-3 victory Wednesday.

''It's not always going to be pretty,'' Storen said. ''It's about getting it done. That's all that matters.''

Manager Matt Williams decided to rest closer Rafael Soriano, who hasn't pitched since he blew a three-run ninth-inning lead in Washington's loss Monday. That left Storen to try to finish off the Marlins, who had won nine of their past 10 games to rejoin the playoff race.

''That's a good team over there,'' the Nationals' Ian Desmond said. ''In the dugout going out for the bottom of the ninth we were telling each other, `Hey, we've got to focus and finish this thing out.' For a while we've seen the Marlins getting better. This series was evidence of that. That bottom of the ninth was evidence of that.''

NL RBI leader Giancarlo Stanton led off the ninth with his 24th homer, and Adeiny Hechavarria doubled home a run. Storen retired Reid Johnson on a forceout with two on for the final out.

''I was happy to see us come back and put some pressure on them,'' Stanton said. ''I really envisioned us tying that game up.''

Tanner Roark (11-6), who allowed one run in seven innings, won his fourth start in a row for the first-place Nationals.

''We're pushing toward winning the NL East,'' Roark said. ''It's fun to watch this team, especially when you have four days off and you're watching from the dugout.''

How did Roark feel watching the bottom of the ninth?

''A little nervous,'' he said with a smile, ''but we knew Drew had it on lockdown.''

Soriano will be available Thursday when Washington plays host to Philadelphia, Williams said.

Jayson Werth, back in the lineup after missing one start because of a sore right ankle, put the Nationals ahead to stay with a sacrifice fly in their three-run eighth. Desmond added a two-out, two-run double off A.J. Ramos.

Brad Hand (2-3) allowed three runs in seven-plus innings.

ON DECK

The Nationals begin an eight-game homestand and a four-game series against the Phillies on Thursday, when Gio Gonzalez is scheduled to start against Cliff Lee.

Miami opens a four-game home series against Cincinnati on Thursday when Tom Koehler pitches against Johnny Cueto. Koehler is 4-3 with a 2.75 ERA at home this year, and 3-4 with a 4.96 ERA on the road.

WORKING THE PHONES

With Thursday's trade deadline looming, the Marlins and Nationals are both looking for an upgrade.

That's a change for the Marlins thanks to the recent surge that put them back in the playoff picture. They're seeking a starting pitcher, presidential of baseball operations Mike Hill said.

''Ten days ago people may have thought we were sellers, and they were coming at us one way. Now it's completely 180,'' Hill said. ''We're going to do our best to try to upgrade, but we're not going to be foolish. We're not going to be shortsighted.''

The Nationals are also potential buyers.

''Do we want to have somebody that's going to make an impact? Sure,'' Williams said. ''That may not be available. There are some guys we're taking a hard look at.''

MARLINS MOVE

Before the game, Marlins infielder Ed Lucas was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans. He had been sent down July 20.

''I must be a pretty bad teammate if as soon as I'm gone they rattle off nine out of 10,'' Lucas said with a chuckle. ''It kind of makes you question yourself a little bit.''

 
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Washington

T. Roark
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 2
K 7
Miami

B. Hand
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 3
BB 2
K 2
 

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Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Denard Span, CF3210211.288.348.393
Anthony Rendon, 3B5011015.279.337.464
Jayson Werth, RF3011001.284.374.443
Adam LaRoche, 1B3100102.267.368.432
Ian Desmond, SS3012101.250.303.433
Bryce Harper, LF4000002.261.346.385
Wilson Ramos, C4000012.290.339.386
Danny Espinosa, 2B4020000.217.283.347
Tanner Roark, P2000001.128.128.128
   a-Scott Hairston, PH1010000.245.264.367
   Nate McLouth, PR0100000.175.283.241
   Tyler Clippard, P0000000.000.000.000
   b-Kevin Frandsen, PH1000001.234.288.290
   Drew Storen, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3347443    
a-doubled for Roark in the 8th
b-lined out for Clippard in the 9th
Batting
2B - Anthony Rendon (27, Hand), Ian Desmond (18, Ramos), Scott Hairston (3, Hand)
SF - Jayson Werth (1)
RBI - Anthony Rendon (57), Jayson Werth (59), Ian Desmond 2 (64)
2-OUT RBI - Ian Desmond 2 (20)
SB - Denard Span 2 (20, 2nd base off Hand/Mathis), Adam LaRoche (1, 2nd base off Ramos/Mathis)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Ian Desmond (16, Throwing), Wilson Ramos (3, Throwing)
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tanner Roark (W,11-6) 7311271 2.74
Tyler Clippard (H,24) 1000010 1.80
Drew Storen (S,1) 1322101 1.53
WP - Drew Storen (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Tanner Roark 112-75, Tyler Clippard 14-11, Drew Storen 27-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tanner Roark 5-9, Tyler Clippard 1-1, Drew Storen 2-1
Batters Faced - Tanner Roark 26, Tyler Clippard 3, Drew Storen 7
Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Christian Yelich, LF3000110.274.354.413
Jordany Valdespin, 2B4111011.265.286.559
Giancarlo Stanton, RF3111101.293.394.541
Casey McGehee, 3B4000012.304.370.375
Garrett Jones, 1B4010000.255.318.424
Marcell Ozuna, CF4110021.269.316.449
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS4021000.276.305.344
Jeff Mathis, C3000031.197.277.274
   a-Jarrod Saltalamacchia, PH0000100.228.329.404
Brad Hand, P2000000.000.000.000
   A.J. Ramos, P0000000.000.000.000
   b-Donovan Solano, PH1000000.263.315.323
   Dan Jennings, P0000000.000.000.000
   c-Reed Johnson, PH1000002.244.275.366
Totals3336338    
a-walked for Mathis in the 9th
b-flied out for Ramos in the 8th
c-hit into fielder's choice for Jennings in the 9th
Batting
2B - Adeiny Hechavarria (15, Storen)
HR - Jordany Valdespin (2, Roark), Giancarlo Stanton (24, Storen)
RBI - Jordany Valdespin (4), Giancarlo Stanton (72), Adeiny Hechavarria (21)
2-OUT RBI - Adeiny Hechavarria (7)
SB - Giancarlo Stanton (10, 3rd base off Roark/Ramos)
Team LOB - 6
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brad Hand (L,2-3) 7533220 4.15
A.J. Ramos 1111100 2.14
Dan Jennings 1100110 1.15
WP - A.J. Ramos (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Hand 97-58, A.J. Ramos 17-10, Dan Jennings 29-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Hand 12-7, A.J. Ramos 1-2, Dan Jennings 1-1
Batters Faced - Brad Hand 28, A.J. Ramos 5, Dan Jennings 5
Game Information
Attendance - 26319
Game Time - 3:20
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Ben May, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - D.J. Reyburn