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WASHINGTON -- Right-hander Stephen Strasburg struck out 12 batters, right fielder Jayson Werth hit a two-run homer and shortstop Ian Desmond smashed a grand slam as the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 7-1 on Thursday to sweep the three-game series.

Werth jumped on a 3-0 pitch from Marlins starter and loser Tom Koehler (1-1) for a two-run homer to left-center field to give the Nationals a 2-0 lead in the third.

The Nationals added five runs in the eighth as left fielder Bryce Harper walked with the bases loaded to make it 3-1 and Desmond followed with a grand slam to left for a 7-1 lead against reliever Arquimedes Caminero.

It was the second grand slam in as many days for the first-place Nationals (7-2), who have won four in a row. Werth hit a grand slam on Wednesday in the Nationals' 10-7 victory.

Marlins center fielder Marcell Ozuna broke up the shutout bid when he crushed a homer to left off Strasburg in the seventh to make it 2-1. Strasburg (1-1) went 6 2/3 innings and gave up the one run and three hits.

It was the 13th time in Strasburg's career than he fanned at least 10 batters in a game. Koehler gave up five hits and two earned runs in six innings before reliever Mike Dunn took over in the seventh.

Washington pitchers struck out 17 batters. Reliever Jerry Blevins fanned two in the eighth, rookie Aaron Barrett struck out the only batter he faced in the eighth and closer Rafael Soriano, who pitched the ninth, struck out two.

NOTES: Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton has RBIs in eight of the first 10 games. He has 13 homers and 25 RBIs in his career at Nationals Park. ... Marlins RHP Jose Hernandez (2-0, 0.71 ERA) is slated to face Philadelphia Phillies RHP A.J. Burnett (0-1, 3.86) on Friday in Philadelphia. ... The Nationals begin a series on Friday at Atlanta. The scheduled starters are Washington RHP Tanner Roark (1-0, 3.00 ERA) against Braves RHP Julio Teheran (1-1, 2.77). ... Marlins OF Christian Yelich has been successful on the first 13 steal attempts of his big league career. ... Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman was in the starting lineup for the second game in a row. He was not in the field for two games before that because of right shoulder soreness.
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