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Nats hit another slam to sweep Marlins

Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - For the second straight game, the Washington Nationals hit a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Ian Desmond's grand slam on Thursday helped Washington secure a 7-1 victory over the Miami Marlins. It was the second of Desmond's career.

On Wednesday, Jayson Werth hit a go-ahead grand slam to give the Nationals a 10-7 win. Werth added a two-run homer on Thursday.

Stephen Strasburg (1-1) also helped Washington complete the three-game sweep. He gave up one run on three hits while striking out 12 over 6 2/3 innings for the Nationals, who have won four in a row.

Marcell Ozuna hit a solo homer for the Marlins, who have dropped four straight. Tom Koehler (1-1) got the start and allowed two runs on five hits while striking out six over six innings.

The Marlins wasted a golden scoring opportunity in the first inning. Christian Yelich led off with a single, stole second and advanced to third on center fielder Nate McLouth's error. But Yelich got caught in a rundown when Derek Dietrich hit a grounder back to Strasburg. Giancarlo Stanton struck out swinging and Garrett Jones flied out to end the inning.

Werth's homer in the third gave Washington a 2-0 lead. Anthony Rendon worked a two-out walk before scoring on Werth's blast to left-center field.

Meanwhile, Strasburg was on cruise control until running into minor trouble in the sixth. Koehler reached base on an infield single and Dietrich was hit by a pitch, putting men on first and second with one out. Strasburg kept calm and struck out Stanton and Jones to preserve Washington's two-run margin.

Miami finally scored a run off Strasburg in the seventh. With one out, Ozuna homered to left to make it a 2-1 contest.

But the Nationals put the game away with a five-run eighth. With Arquimedes Caminero on the mound, Rendon doubled, Werth singled and pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen walked to load the bases with one out. Bryce Harper walked to force in a run and Desmond followed with a blast to left-center field.

Game Notes

Strasburg improved to 7-3 lifetime against the Marlins ... Rendon extended his hitting streak to nine games ... Yelich swiped the 13th base of his career Thursday, and is now 13-for-13 since making his MLB debut last July. He tied Edgar Renteria (1996) for the franchise record for most consecutive stolen bases to begin a career ... Miami went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and stranded five.

04/10 19:40:32 ET

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