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Marlins Vs. Nationals Final: Miami Wins 9-0

Pitching against Washington Nationals star Stephen Strasburg, Miami Marlins starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco had one of the finest performances of his career on Tuesday night.

The 29-year old righthander threw a complete-game shutout, allowing only five hits with six strikeouts and zero walks.

Washington, in the midst of the best season in the fledgling franchise's young history, has a fairly middle-of-the-pack offense but they've moved to the top of the NL East thanks to a dominant rotation, headlined by Strasburg.

However, the 24-year old flamethrower looked mortal on Tuesday, as he was chased from the game after only five innings by a Miami offense that was clicking on all cylinders. Jose Reyes was the only starter without a hit on Tuesday, with Jose Ruggiano, Greg Dobbs and Giancarlo Stanton combining for 7 RBI's.

The win moves the Marlins to 59-71, still a whopping 19 games back of the Nationals.

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