Scherzer leads Nationals to 8-2 over Marlins

Stanton snaps 0-19 slump

Giancarlo Stanton snaps an 0-19 slump
Giancarlo Stanton snaps an 0-19 slump

MIAMI – Max Scherzer eased up on the strikeouts but allowed only two runs in eight innings Sunday to help the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 8-2.


Scherzer (5-3) struck out eight, gave up six hits, walked none and threw 103 pitches. He has 38 strikeouts in his past three starts, including a record-tying 20 against Detroit.


Justin Bour ended Scherzer's shutout bid with a two-run homer in the seventh, his ninth home run this season and his second in as many games. Scherzer has allowed 14 homers this year, including nine in his past four starts.


Washington won the three-game series and took a 7-6 edge in the season series. The NL East foes don't meet again until Sept. 19.


Nationals leadoff batter Ben Revere had three hits, two runs, two RBIs and his first two stolen bases of the year, and hiked his average to .185.


Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton singled in the 5th inning, snapping an 0-19 slump.

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