MIAMI, FL - MAY 28: Hanley Ramirez #2 (R) of the Florida Marlins celebrate a home run by teammate Giancarlo Stanton #27 against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park on May 28, 2012 in Miami, Florida. The Marlins defeated the Nationals 5-3. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

Marlins Vs. Nationals: Miami Looks To Continue May Hot Streak

The Miami Marlins set a new franchise record for wins in the month of May with 20, as they complete the sweep of the Washington Nationals.

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Nationals Vs. Marlins Final Score: Miami Wins 5-3, Sweeps Nats

The Miami Marlins have been on a hot streak and kept it going on Wednesday night against the Washington Nations, completing the sweep in a 5-3 victory. The Marlins took an early lead on Washington 1-0 in the first inning on a Giancarlo Stanton single. Washington was able to tie the game in the next inning and even took a 3-1 lead, but Miami quickly tied the game in the bottom of the fourth.

The Marlins took the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning and capped it off with a Giancarlo Stanton home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to seal the game and complete the sweep. Josh Johnson picked up the victory improving his season record to 3-3 and his lifetime record against the Nats still perfect.

Miami has now won five of their last six games and get ready for a three-game road series against the Philadelphia Phillies.

For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Marlins, visit Fish Stripes. For all things Washington Nationals baseball, please check out Federal Baseball. And as always, please check out the SB Nation MLB Baseball hub page for more on this and every Major League series.

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Marlins Vs. Nationals: Josh Johnson Looks For Sweep

The Miami Marlins are continuing to be red hot in the month of May as they head into Wednesday night's matchup with the Washington Nationals looking to sweep the series at home. Marlins pitcher Josh Johnson will go out to the mound, having never lost to the Nationals in his career with a 7-0 record.

For the Nationals, pitcher Chien-Ming Wang will make his 2012 debut with the team to take on the Marlins and look to shut down their bats and avoid the sweep. Wang has made one other appearance for the Nationals this year, in relief duty against the Atlanta Braves.

Johnson will look to build on what Anibal Sanchez was able to do on Tuesday to the Nationals bats, cool them off.

For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Marlins, visit Fish Stripes. For all things Washington Nationals baseball, please check out Federal Baseball. And as always, please check out the SB Nation MLB Baseball hub page for more on this and every Major League series.

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Nationals Vs. Marlins Recap: Miami Clinches Series With 3-1 Win

The Miami Marlins continued their streaky play on Tuesday, clinching their series against the Washington Nationals with a 3-1 victory. The Fish will head into the series finale on Wednesday just 1.5 games behind the Nats and looking for a sweep. Miami took advantage of some Washington errors, and Anibal Sanchez cruised through the first four innings not allowing hit. Sanchez has owned the Nats during his MLB career, and Tuesday night was no different. He allowed just one run, which was manufactured by Ian Desmond in the fifth inning.

It was once again the Marlins heavy hitters who did the damage, as Giancarlo Stanton and Hanley Ramirez continued to rake. Edwin Jackson matched Sanchez for Washington, but the Fish took advantage of a couple errors. Stanton ripped a double to bring home Omar Infante and even things up at 1-1 in the sixth. Then they took their first lead in the seventh when Greg Dobbs knocked in Chris Coghlan with a sac fly. Coghlan had moved to third after Jackson attempted to pick him off first but threw wide of the bag, setting up the sac fly opportunity.

With Sanchez out of the game in the eighth, Washington had a golden chance to at least tie things at 2-2. But with one out and the bases loaded, Steve Cishek struck out Bryce Harper and got Ryan Zimmerman to ground out to end the inning. It was a huge turn of events and in the bottom of the inning, Hanley smoked a Craig Stammen pitch into the left field bleachers. It was an absolute rope that lined right into the seats for the 3-1 lead.

The Fish will now look to sweep on Wednesday and pull within a half game of the Nats. Josh Johnson will toe the rubber for Miami, while Chien-Ming Wang will make his first start for Washington.

For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Marlins, visit Fish Stripes. For all things Washington Nationals baseball, please check out Federal Baseball. And as always, please check out the SB Nation MLB Baseball hub page for more on this and every Major League series.

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Marlins Vs. Nationals: Tuesday Starting Lineups

It's May 29 and the battle for the N.L. East is shaping up between the Miami Marlins and the Washington Nations. The Marlins trail the first-place Nats by 2.5 games after winning Monday night's contest -- the first of the three-game set -- by a final score of 5-3.

Miami has come on strong as of late with major league-best 19-8 mark in the month of May after struggling through much of April. Taking the mound for the young squad will be Anibal Sanchez, who has posted a 2.87 ERA through nine starts this season.

First pitch at Marlins Park is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. EST and will be televised by FS Florida.

Nationals (29-19)

Steve Lombardozzi 2B
Bryce Harper RF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Adam LaRoche 1B
Ian Desmond SS
Rick Ankiel CF
Corey Brown LF
Carlos Maldonado C
Edwin Jackson P

Marlins (27-22)

Jose Reyes SS
Omar Infante 2B
Hanley Ramirez 3B
Giancarlo Stanton RF
Logan Morrison 1B
Bryan Petersen CF
John Buck C
Chris Coghlan LF
Anibal Sanchez P

For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Marlins, visit Fish Stripes. For all things Washington Nationals baseball, please check out Federal Baseball. And as always, please check out the SB Nation MLB Baseball hub page for more on this and every Major League series.

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Marlins Vs. Nationals: Anibal Sanchez Tries To Turn Things Around Against Washington On Tuesday

The Miami Marlins get a shot at two in a row on the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night. A second win in as many days would go along way toward closing the gap between the Marlins and the National League East leading Nationals, whose lead was cut to two and a half games on Monday.

Anibal Sanchez pitched his worst outing of the season last week against the San Francisco Giants. The Marlins' right-hander surrendered five earned runs, and failed to make it out of the sixth inning. It was the third straight loss for Sanchez. Washington could be exactly what Sanchez needs; he has a 7-0 record against the Nationals and a 2.10 ERA in 18 starts against them.

Washington goes with Edwin Jackson, who lost his last outing against the Phillies. Jackson is 1-3 in four career starts against the Marlins with a 7.71 ERA and a .277 batting average against.

Jose Reyes smacked a double on Monday to put his hitting streak at nine games. Giancarlo Stanton hit his team best 12th home run on Monday. He has four long balls in his last 10 games.

Tuesday's game starts at 7:10 p.m. from Marlins Park. Fans can watch the game on Fox Sports Florida.

For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Marlins, visit Fish Stripes. For all things Washington Nationals baseball, please check out Federal Baseball. And as always, please check out the SB Nation MLB Baseball hub page for more on this and every Major League series.

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Marlins Vs. Nationals: Miami Picks Up A Game On Washington In 5-3 Win

The Miami Marlins picked up a half game on the Washington Nationals in a tightly packed National League East on Monday afternoon. Miami scored five runs behind another strong outing from Carlos Zambrano for a 5-3 win in their series opener against Washington.

Zambrano pitched six innings for his third win of the season. He allowed three earned runs, struck out five and walked two. His ERA dropped to 3.00 for the year.

Giancarlo Stanton smacked a two-run shot in the sixth that erased a Washington lead. Chris Coghlan hit a sac fly to give the Marlins a one-run lead. Hanley Ramirez added an insurance run in the seventh inning on a sac fly of his own.

Nationals pitched Jordan Zimmerman entered the game with a strong road performance so far this season. This was the first road game of the year in which the right-hander allowed more than a single earned run.

Anibal Sanchez is on the bump for the Marlins on Tuesday night in game two of the series.

For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Marlins, visit Fish Stripes. For all things Washington Nationals baseball, please check out Federal Baseball. And as always, please check out the SB Nation MLB Baseball hub page for more on this and every Major League series.

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Marlins Vs. Nationals Series Preview: Miami Looks To Gain Ground On Washington In The NL East

The Marlins will try and inch closer in the standings to the NL East leading Nationals

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