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Red-hot Nats sweep Marlins

Washington, DC (Sports Network) - The Nationals' 2-5 hitters combined for 10 hits -- which included homers from Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond -- while Gio Gonzalez fired seven shutout innings as Washington finished off a three-game sweep of the Miami Marlins with a 9-0 win on Thursday.

Harper scored three times while Werth and Desmond each clubbed three-run homers. Werth also had three hits, as did Ryan Zimmerman, as the Nationals captured their eighth win in nine games to move 6 1/2 back of idle Cincinnati for the second Wild Card spot in the National League.

Gonzalez (8-6) had no problem dicing through the majors' worst offense, as the Marlins managed just three hits and three walks against the lefty while striking out eight times.

Tom Koehler (3-9) took the brunt of Washington's offense production, tagged for six runs on seven hits and four walks over five-plus innings. Miami, losers in eight of nine, has produced just 17 runs over its most recent slump.

08/29 21:41:12 ET