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Stanton hits 39th HR of season, Marlins still lose 3-2 to Nationals

Straily starts strong, but surrendered lead in 6th inning

Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins leads MLB with 39 home runs this season.
Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins leads MLB with 39 home runs this season.

WASHINGTON – It's starting to sound like a broken record for the Miami Marlins - Giancarlo Stanton provides power with a home run, but the Fish still lose. This time they dropped a 3-2 contest in the four-game finale against the Washington Nationals on Thursday night.

Stanton gave the Fish an early 2-0 lead with a third inning blast, his 39th of the season which leads all of baseball. The long shot also extended Stanton's career-best for a single-season.

For a while it seemed starting pitcher Dan Straily was going to do the rest of the heavy lifting, but after 5 shutout innings Straily struggled in the sixth frame and surrendered the lead as the Nationals would tie the game at two.

Brian Goodwin hit the go-ahead solo home run in the eight inning for the Nats.