Giancarlo Stanton batted cleanup for the first time this season. He hit a home run and rattled Nationals Park with a foul ball that might still be rolling among the city's tourist attractions had it not clanged loudly off the facade of the middle deck in foul territory.
But the homer was a solo shot, and the mighty foul ball was followed by a swing-and-miss for strike three, part of a seventh inning in which the Miami Marlins had runners on first and second with none out and failed to score in a tie game.
New lineup. Familiar result. The Marlins went 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position and lost 4-3 Wednesday night to the Washington Nationals.
''We haven't been able to score runs all year,'' Stanton said. ''No different.''
The Nationals broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the seventh off Mike Dunn (3-4). Denard Span walked to lead off, then advanced to second when Dunn bounced a pickoff attempt for a throwing error. Werth was intentionally walked with two outs, and Desmond sco...