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Marlins Vs. Nationals Game Preview: Marlins Go For Series Win After 2 Extra-Inning Battles

The Marlins have been a thorn in Washington's side all season long, but a game-tying home run by Jayson Werth off Heath Bell in the ninth inning on Saturday ensured that Miami would not be going for a three-game sweep Sunday. Werth was the first to bat for Washington in the ninth after more than two and a half hours of rain delay, and cranked Bell's offering deep into the red seats in left center.

Ricky Nolasco (11-12, 4.64 ERA), who shut out the Nationals on Aug. 28, goes to the mound for the Marlins on Sunday. He's allowed just one earned run in 16 innings over his past two starts. Nolasco credits better use and command of his fastball for the recent improvement.

Edwin Jackson (9-9, 3.63 ERA), who's struck out eight or more in each of his past four starts and won his last start against the Cubs, takes the hill for Washington.

The Nats are 6-2 thus far in September and have posted a winning record in every month this season.

Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton loves Nationals park -- he's slugged 10 home runs there in 19 career games at the riverside yard.

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