Harper homers as Nats beat Miami for 11th straight time, 5-2

MIAMI (AP) Bryce Harper's recent hitting funk will come as news to the folks at the Metro Grill, located on the right field concourse at Marlins Park.

Harper sent customers scurrying when he deposited a majestic drive near the cashier's counter for his NL-leading 16th home run Sunday, and the Washington Nationals completed a three-game sweep by beating the Miami Marlins for the 11th time in a row, 5-2.

Harper struck out eight times in the series but pulled a pitch from lefty Jarlin Garcia inside the foul pole leading off the sixth inning.

''That was a bomb,'' Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. ''To hit a ball like that against a left-handed pitcher, that's a good sign.''

Harper added a sacrifice fly in the seventh. He's on pace for 118 RBIs but is batting .232, and his annoyance showed Saturday when he shattered a bat in the dugout after striking out.

But he said he'll trade whiffs for home runs - and victories.

''I'm not really too frustrated, because we're winning games,'' he said. ''If I hit .230 and I hit 40, I'll take it any day of the week.''

Harper's teammates were in a slugging mood, too. Anthony Rendon hit his fifth home run for the Nationals, who lead the league in homers. Wilmer Difo had a double and a triple, and 19-year-old newcomer Juan Soto doubled for his fourth extra-base hit in seven games.

With another victory in Miami, the Nationals matched the longest winning streak in franchise history against one team. It's the Marlins' longest losing streak against an opponent since 1999.

''They've got some pretty decent pitching, but they're young,'' Martinez said. ''It's not easy.''

Stephen Strasburg (6-4) pitched five shutout innings and contributed his first RBI of the season , but departed after throwing 103 pitches. He has thrown 23 consecutive scoreless innings against the Marlins, and improved his record against them to 16-7 in 29 starts.

''I wouldn't say I pitch to any certain team differently,'' Strasburg said. ''It's just baseball. You get away with some pitches, and you get beat on some good pitches. Today I was more on the side of getting away with some.''

Brandon Kintzler pitched around a single in the ninth for his second save. The Nationals have outscored the Marlins 71-20 in their past 11 meetings.

''They're a talented club, so you're going to have to fight for your wins all the time,'' Miami manager Don Mattingly said.

Miami's Justin Bour hit his 10th homer, but mostly it was another dismal offensive effort by the Marlins, who rank last in the majors in runs, home runs, slugging and OPS.

''We couldn't get a whole lot going,'' Mattingly said. ''That was just kind of the theme of the series in general.''

Washington hit for the cycle against Elieser Hernandez (0-2), who allowed two runs in five innings in his third career start.

ON THE RISE

Despite a wave of early season injuries, the Nationals (29-22) are seven games above .500 for the first time. They improved to 17-8 on the road, best in the NL, and continue their 10-game trip in Baltimore beginning Monday.

''We've just got to keep being ourselves,'' Harper said. ''We're playing some good baseball.''

ODD INNING

When Strasburg batted with a runner at first and nobody out in the third in a scoreless game, he swung at the second pitch and grounded into a double play. Trea Turner then bunted with two out and was thrown out.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: 2B Daniel Murphy, recovering from offseason surgery on his right knee, and OF Brian Goodwin (left wrist) played seven innings each Saturday in their first rehab games at Double-A Harrisburg. Both are scheduled to take Monday off, and they're expected to play at least a couple of entire games before joining the Nationals. ... RHP Ryan Madson (chest strain) is expected to throw a bullpen session soon and may not need a rehab stint.

UP NEXT

Nationals: LHP Gio Gonzalez (5-2, 2.38 ERA) is scheduled to start Monday against the Orioles.

Marlins: LHP Caleb Smith (3-5, 3.83 ERA) is scheduled to start Monday when Miami begins a 10-game trip with a four-game series at San Diego.

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  • W: S. Strasburg (6-4)L: E. Hernandez (0-2)S: B. Kintzler (2)
  • HR: WAS - B. Harper (16), A. Rendon (5), MIA - J. Bour (10)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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B. Harper RF41121020.232.379.537.9166.0
A. Rendon 3B31211100.267.358.467.8249.0
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M. Taylor CF40100012.192.259.345.6042.5
W. Difo 2B41200001.265.348.390.7386.0
P. Severino C31100102.227.339.299.6383.0
S. Strasburg P20110001.130.200.130.3302.0
M. Reynolds 1B21100000.448.4841.0001.4842.0
  • a-hit into fielder's choice for Miller in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Dietrich LF40100102.251.309.397.7062.0
J. Realmuto C40110112.323.380.546.9263.5
S. Castro 2B40000035.285.326.375.701-1.5
J. Bour 1B41211000.236.381.452.8347.0
B. Anderson RF40000011.276.359.380.740-0.5
M. Rojas 3B30100010.258.328.407.7351.5
J. Riddle SS40000033.000.000.000.000-1.5
L. Brinson CF40100012.158.203.271.4740.5
E. Hernandez P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
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  • a-lined out for Hernandez in the 5th
  • b-grounded out for Garcia in the 7th
  • c-singled for Steckenrider in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Turner (11), A. Rendon (9), J. Soto (3), W. Difo (6)
  • 3B - M. Taylor (2), W. Difo
  • HR - B. Harper (16), A. Rendon (5)
  • SF - B. Harper (5)
  • RBI - T. Turner (22), B. Harper 2 (38), A. Rendon (12), S. Strasburg
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Realmuto (9)
  • HR - J. Bour (10)
  • RBI - J. Realmuto (17), J. Bour (24)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Realmuto (10)
FIELDING
  • E - T. Turner (8)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Castro-Riddle-Bour; Rojas-Bour)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Strasburg (W, 6-4)5.03002803.131.0621.0
J. Miller1.00000100.000.00-
W. Suero0.22100103.121.50-1.5
T. Gott (H, 2)0.10000005.281.370.0
S. Solis1.01110114.261.371.5
B. Kintzler (S, 2)1.01000004.011.469.0
PITCHERSIP
S. Strasburg (W, 6-4)5.0
J. Miller1.0
W. Suero0.2
T. Gott (H, 2)0.1
S. Solis1.0
B. Kintzler (S, 2)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
E. Hernandez (L, 0-2)5.06220312.501.173.5
J. Garcia2.04332014.211.21-3.0
T. Guerrero1.01000004.241.412.0
D. Steckenrider1.00000105.481.363.5
PITCHING
  • HBP - S. Strasburg (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Strasburg 103-68, J. Miller 15-11, W. Suero 26-15, T. Gott 6-3, S. Solis 17-9, B. Kintzler 22-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Strasburg 1-6, W. Suero 1-1, T. Gott 1-0, B. Kintzler 1-2
  • Batters Faced - S. Strasburg 21, J. Miller 3, W. Suero 5, T. Gott, S. Solis 4, B. Kintzler 4
PITCHING
  • IBB - J. Garcia (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - E. Hernandez 73-44, J. Garcia 39-28, T. Guerrero 9-7, D. Steckenrider 10-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Hernandez 3-7, J. Garcia 3-3, T. Guerrero 2-1
  • Batters Faced - E. Hernandez 19, J. Garcia 12, T. Guerrero 4, D. Steckenrider 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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B. Harper RF41121020.232.379.537.9166.0
A. Rendon 3B31211100.267.358.467.8249.0
M. Adams 1B30000011.269.365.613.978-0.5
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J. Soto LF40100001.286.400.571.9712.0
M. Taylor CF40100012.192.259.345.6042.5
W. Difo 2B41200001.265.348.390.7386.0
P. Severino C31100102.227.339.299.6383.0
S. Strasburg P20110001.130.200.130.3302.0
M. Reynolds 1B21100000.448.4841.0001.4842.0
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  • a-hit into fielder's choice for Miller in the 7th
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D. Dietrich LF40100102.251.309.397.7062.0
J. Realmuto C40110112.323.380.546.9263.5
S. Castro 2B40000035.285.326.375.701-1.5
J. Bour 1B41211000.236.381.452.8347.0
B. Anderson RF40000011.276.359.380.740-0.5
M. Rojas 3B30100010.258.328.407.7351.5
J. Riddle SS40000033.000.000.000.000-1.5
L. Brinson CF40100012.158.203.271.4740.5
E. Hernandez P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
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J. Garcia P0000-000.000.111.000.000-
b- Y. Rivera PH11000000.167.286.194.4801.0
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  • a-lined out for Hernandez in the 5th
  • b-grounded out for Garcia in the 7th
  • c-singled for Steckenrider in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Turner (11), A. Rendon (9), J. Soto (3), W. Difo (6)
  • 3B - M. Taylor (2), W. Difo
  • HR - B. Harper (16), A. Rendon (5)
  • SF - B. Harper (5)
  • RBI - T. Turner (22), B. Harper 2 (38), A. Rendon (12), S. Strasburg
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Realmuto (9)
  • HR - J. Bour (10)
  • RBI - J. Realmuto (17), J. Bour (24)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Realmuto (10)
FIELDING
  • E - T. Turner (8)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Castro-Riddle-Bour; Rojas-Bour)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Strasburg (W, 6-4)5.03002803.131.0621.0
J. Miller1.00000100.000.00-
W. Suero0.22100103.121.50-1.5
T. Gott (H, 2)0.10000005.281.370.0
S. Solis1.01110114.261.371.5
B. Kintzler (S, 2)1.01000004.011.469.0
Total9.07212111---
PITCHERSIP
S. Strasburg (W, 6-4)5.0
J. Miller1.0
W. Suero0.2
T. Gott (H, 2)0.1
S. Solis1.0
B. Kintzler (S, 2)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
E. Hernandez (L, 0-2)5.06220312.501.173.5
J. Garcia2.04332014.211.21-3.0
T. Guerrero1.01000004.241.412.0
D. Steckenrider1.00000105.481.363.5
Total9.01155242---
PITCHERSIP
E. Hernandez (L, 0-2)5.0
J. Garcia2.0
T. Guerrero1.0
D. Steckenrider1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - S. Strasburg (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Strasburg 103-68, J. Miller 15-11, W. Suero 26-15, T. Gott 6-3, S. Solis 17-9, B. Kintzler 22-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Strasburg 1-6, W. Suero 1-1, T. Gott 1-0, B. Kintzler 1-2
  • Batters Faced - S. Strasburg 21, J. Miller 3, W. Suero 5, T. Gott, S. Solis 4, B. Kintzler 4
PITCHING
  • IBB - J. Garcia (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - E. Hernandez 73-44, J. Garcia 39-28, T. Guerrero 9-7, D. Steckenrider 10-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Hernandez 3-7, J. Garcia 3-3, T. Guerrero 2-1
  • Batters Faced - E. Hernandez 19, J. Garcia 12, T. Guerrero 4, D. Steckenrider 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Bour homered to center52
  • 7TH INNING
    Realmuto doubled to left, Rivera scored, Dietrich to third51
    Harper hit sacrifice fly to center, Reynolds scored50
    Turner doubled to left center, Severino scored, Reynolds to third40
  • 6TH INNING
    Harper homered to right30
  • 5TH INNING
    Strasburg singled to right, Difo scored20
  • 4TH INNING
    Rendon homered to left center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Drew Steckenrider relieved Tayron Guerrero
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Foul, Reynolds flied out to deep center
    • T. Turner: Ball, Turner flied out to deep right
    • B. Harper: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Harper struck out looking
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Brandon Kintzler relieved Sammy Solis
    • L. Brinson: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Brinson grounded out to shortstop
    • Cameron Maybin hit for Drew Steckenrider
    • C. Maybin: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Maybin singled to center
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Dietrich popped out to shortstop
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Maybin to second on fielder's indifference, Foul, Ball, Realmuto lined out to shortstop
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Tayron Guerrero pitching
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Soto flied out to center
    • M. Taylor: Taylor grounded out to second
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Ball, Difo doubled to left
    • P. Severino: Strike looking, Severino grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Sammy Solis relieved Trevor Gott
    • J. Bour: Ball, Ball, Bour homered to center
    • B. Anderson: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Anderson struck out looking
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Ball, Rojas flied out to left
    • J. Riddle: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Riddle fouled out to catcher
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • W. Difo: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Difo fouled out to third
    • P. Severino: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Severino walked
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Foul, Reynolds singled to right center, Severino to second
    • T. Turner: Ball, Turner doubled to left center, Severino scored, Reynolds to third
    • B. Harper: Harper hit sacrifice fly to center, Reynolds scored
    • A. Rendon: Rendon intentionally walked
    • Adrian Sanchez hit for Justin Miller
    • A. Sanchez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Sanchez grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Rendon out at second
    • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Wander Suero pitching
    • J. Riddle: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Riddle struck out swinging
    • L. Brinson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Brinson lined out to second
    • Yadiel Rivera hit for Jarlin Garcia
    • Y. Rivera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rivera safe at first on shortstop Turner fielding error
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Dietrich singled to right, Rivera to third
    • J. Realmuto: Realmuto doubled to left, Rivera scored, Dietrich to third
    • Trevor Gott relieved Wander Suero
    • S. Castro: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Castro grounded out to first
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Jarlin Garcia pitching
    • B. Harper: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Harper homered to right
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Rendon doubled to left
    • M. Adams: Strike looking, Adams popped out to second
    • J. Soto: Foul, Strike looking, Soto grounded out to second, Rendon to third
    • M. Taylor: Taylor grounded out to catcher
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Justin Miller pitching
    • Mark Reynolds at first
    • J. Bour: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Bour lined out to left
    • B. Anderson: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Anderson flied out to deep center
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Rojas struck out looking
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • E. Hernandez Pitching:
    • W. Difo: Difo tripled to deep right center
    • P. Severino: Strike looking, Strike looking, Severino fouled out to first
    • S. Strasburg: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strasburg singled to right, Difo scored
    • T. Turner: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Turner lined into double play third to first, Strasburg out at first
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • L. Brinson: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Brinson reached on an infield single to third
    • J.B. Shuck hit for Elieser Hernandez
    • J. Shuck: Ball, Strike looking, Shuck lined out to left
    • D. Dietrich: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Dietrich flied out to left
    • J. Realmuto: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Realmuto walked, Brinson to second
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Castro struck out looking
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • E. Hernandez Pitching:
    • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Ball, Harper popped out to second
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Rendon homered to left center
    • M. Adams: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Adams flied out to deep right
    • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Soto doubled to left center
    • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • J. Bour: Ball, Ball, Bour lined out to second
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Anderson grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Rojas singled to center
    • J. Riddle: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Riddle struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • E. Hernandez Pitching:
    • P. Severino: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Severino singled to left
    • S. Strasburg: Ball, Strasburg grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Severino out at second
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Turner grounded bunt out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • E. Hernandez: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Dietrich walked
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Realmuto struck out swinging
    • S. Castro: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • E. Hernandez Pitching:
    • M. Adams: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Adams struck out looking
    • J. Soto: Ball, Strike looking, Soto grounded out to second
    • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Taylor tripled to deep right center
    • W. Difo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Difo popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • J. Bour: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Bour singled to left
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Anderson flied out to deep center
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Rojas hit by pitch, Bour to second
    • J. Riddle: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Riddle struck out swinging
    • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Brinson struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • E. Hernandez Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Ball, Turner lined out to left
    • B. Harper: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Rendon popped out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Dietrich lined out to third
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Realmuto flied out to deep right
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)