Aug. 29, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) rounds the bases after hitting a two run homer during the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Nationals Vs. Marlins: Twice Is Nice For Bryce; Harper Hits Two Home Runs, Washington Wins 8-4

The Nationals snap their five-game losing streak and increase their lead in the National League East.

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Nationals Vs. Marlins: Ian Desmond, Michael Morse Return To Washington Lineup

The Washington Nationals open a two-game series with the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night. The Nationals will send their ace Stephen Strasburg (15-5, 2.85 ERA) and his controversial innings count to the mound. The Marlins will counter with Ricky Nolasco (9-12, 5.07).

Washington will get shortstop Ian Desmond and LF Michael Morse back after a period of absence. Desmond suffered a hyperextended knee on Aug. 22 and missed the entire series against the Philadelphia Phillies. Morse was hit in the hand by a pitch on Aug. 24 and missed two games.

Full Lineups:

Washington Nationals

1. Jayson Werth, RF
2. Bryce Harper, CF
3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
4. Adam LaRoche, 1B
5. Michael Morse, LF
6. Ian Desmond, SS
7. Danny Espinosa, 2B
8. Kurt Suzuki, C
9. Stephen Strasburg, SP

Miami Marlins

1. Bryan Petersen, LF
2. Justin Ruggiano, CF
3. Jose Reyes, SS
4. Carlos Lee, 1B
5. Giancarlo Stanton, RF
6. Greg Dobbs, 3B
7. Donovan Solano, 2B
8. Rob Brantly, C
9. Ricky Nolasco, SP

For more on the Nationals; check out Federal Baseball and SB Nation DC.

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