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WASHINGTON — Stephen Strasburg struck out 12 in 6⅔ innings on a day Washington really needed to rest its relievers, and Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond homered in leading the Nationals past the Miami Marlins, 7-1, Thursday for a three-game sweep.
Strasburg (1-1) got 14 consecutive outs in one stretch and allowed only three hits, including Marcell Ozuna’s homer in the seventh. The righthander’s lone walk was to the last batter he faced.
Werth connected in the third inning — a two-run shot off Tom Koehler (1-1) that put Washington ahead, 2-0. Werth hit a 3-0 pitch just to the left of straightaway center. After driving in a total of one run over the season’s first seven games, Werth has seven RBIs in the past two.