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Date of game: 9/21/2014

Recap: Miami vs. Washington

Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals certainly seem ready for the postseason.

Strasburg tossed seven scoreless innings for the NL East champs in Sunday's 2- 1 victory over Miami to complete the franchise's first four-game sweep of the Marlins.

The Nationals broke a scoreless tie with three extra-base hits in the fifth. After Jose Lobaton led off the frame with a double, Nate Schierholtz tripled into the right-field gap and scored on Anthony Rendon's two-bagger down the left-field line.

That's all Strasburg (13-11) needed. The hard-throwing righty retired 13 straight at one point and only allowed three hits and two walks while striking out five in his outing.

Washington wrapped up its road slate with a 45-36 record after going 9-2 on this road trip.

"It was a good road trip for us," Nationals manager Matt Williams said. "We won some close ones."

Nathan Eovaldi (6-13) suffered his seventh straight losing decision despite a quality start. He was charged with two runs on seven hits over six frames.

Craig Stammen threw a hitless eighth behind Strasburg, and Rafael Soriano survived giving up a run in the ninth to post his 32nd save.

Reed Johnson led off the ninth with a pinch-hit double and eventually scored Miami's only run on Donovan Solano's sacrifice fly.

"We're grinding it out," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said.

Game Notes

Strasburg has won five of his past six decisions ... The Nationals will next host the Mets for three games ... Miami will wrap up its home schedule with a three-game set against the Phillies starting on Tuesday ... The Marlins must win their final seven games to finish the season at .500.

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