Marlins snap 8-game skid by beating Nats 11-2

By Steven Wine

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, April 15 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper runs home to score during the eighth inning of a baseball game Miami Marlins, Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Miami. The Marlins defeated the Nationals 11-2. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

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MIAMI — Giancarlo Stanton tied a career high with five RBIs, including a three-run homer off Stephen Strasburg, and the Miami Marlins broke an eight-game losing streak by beating the Washington Nationals 11-2 Tuesday night.

Strasburg (1-2) endured another rough outing in Miami, allowing six runs and eight hits in four innings. He fell to 2-3 at Marlins Park with an ERA of 8.61.

Tom Koehler (2-1) allowed one hit and five walks in seven scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 1.89. The performance was a welcome change for a team that had an ERA of 6.12 during the losing streak.

Both benches and bullpens cleared briefly in the fourth inning when the Nationals' Ian Desmond and Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia engaged in a heated, nose-to-nose conversation at home plate. Desmond became annoyed when he barely avoided being hit by an inside pitch from Koehler.

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