Marlins 9, Nationals 0

Associated Press  |  Last updated August 28, 2012
Stephen Strasburg pitched as badly as his teammates have been playing. Strasburg gave up a career-high seven runs in five innings Tuesday night and the first-place Washington Nationals' losing streak reached five games when they were beaten by Ricky Nolasco and the last-place Miami Marlins 9-0. Nolasco (10-12) allowed five hits in his third career shutout and eighth complete game. Strasburg (15-6) came into the game with a streak of 27 consecutive scoreless innings against Miami in five starts since last September. But he gave up a homer to his second batter, Justin Ruggiano, and trailed 5-0 by the third inning. Strasburg, who had won his past four starts, allowed five earned runs, gave up nine hits and struck out only three. He leads the NL with 186 strikeouts. The youngster is expected to make perhaps four more starts before the Nationals shut him down for the year to protect his surgically repaired elbow. The Nationals began the night with baseball's best record, but they're saddled with a losing streak that matches their season high. Nolasco struck out five, walked none and lowered his ERA to 4.78. He retired 14 in a row and held the Nationals hitless until Kurt Suzuki singled with two outs in the fifth. Ruggiano had a career-high four hits in four at-bats and drove in two runs, while Giancarlo Stanton added three hits and three RBIs. Seven of the Marlins' runs scored with two outs, and they totaled 13 hits. Ian Desmond (hamstring) and Michael Morse (hand), both sidelined last weekend with injuries, returned to the Nationals' lineup but went hitless. The Marlins scored twice off Strasburg in the first inning. Ruggiano hit his 13th home run. Carlos Lee doubled with two outs, then came home on a broken-bat single by Stanton. Miami added three runs in the third. Bryan Petersen led off with a single, stole second, took third on a groundout and came home when second baseman Danny Espinosa mishandled a grounder for an error. Greg Dobbs' two-out single brought home two unearned runs to make it 5-0. Ruggiano had a two-out RBI single in the fourth. Donovan Solano extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a two-out RBI single in the fifth that made it 7-0. NOTES: Nolasco had been 0-2 with a 6.35 ERA in his two previous starts this year against Washington. ... Jayson Werth went hitless and is 4 for 25 (.160) against Nolasco. ... The Marlins' bullpen hasn't allowed an earned run against Washington in the past 31 1-3 innings.
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