The Miami Marlins failed to generate much offense again on Thursday night. It didn't matter all that much, either.
Tom Koehler gave up two home runs and Adeiny Hechavarria had two of Miami's four hits in a 9-0 loss to the surging Washington Nationals.
''We did hit some balls hard, right at some guys I guess, if you're trying to find a couple positives, but really, at the end of the day, we didn't pitch well tonight, we didn't hit and we got beat,'' Marlins manager Mike Redmond said.
Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond each hit a three-run homer as Washington won for the eighth time in its best nine-game stretch of the season. Bryce Harper also went deep to help the Nationals pull within 6 1/2 games of idle Cincinnati for the second NL wild-card slot.
Gio Gonzalez (8-6) pitched seven innings of three-hit ball in his first victory in six weeks. The left-hander, who was 0-3 with a 5.94 ERA in his previous seven starts, retired his last 11 batters.
It was Miami's eighth loss in the last n...