MIAMI, FL - MAY 30: Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the Miami Marlins hits during a game against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park on May 30, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)

Nationals Vs. Marlins: Washington Gets Swept Out Of South Florida, Loses 5-3

Chien-Ming Wang can't get out of the 5th inning as the Nationals finish their 9-game road trip on a sour note.

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Nationals Vs. Marlins Final Score: Washington Can't Rally To Avoid Sweep, Goes Down 5-3

Due to an error, we prematurely published a version of this post before the game was over. We apologize for the error.

The Washington Nationals have been on a short skid and couldn't slow it down on Wednesday night against the Miami Marlins, who completed the sweep over the Nats in a 5-3 victory. Washington went down 1-0 early when the Marlins scored in the first inning on a Giancarlo Stanton single. The Nats tied the game shortly after and matched the Marlins run for run in the next few innings, tying the game at 3-3.

The Marlins took the lead in the bottom of the fifth however and the Nats bats couldn't get going late in the game once again. Miami capped it off with a Giancarlo Stanton home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to seal the game and complete the sweep.

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Michael Morse Injury: Nationals' Slugger Could Join Team Friday

The Washington Nationals have been getting more an more good news on injury first baseman Michael Mores. Back in April it was thought that Morse would need season ending surgery on his shoulder, but was relieved to find out that it wasn't necessary. Now, there is word that there is a possibility Morse could re-join the club on Friday.

Morse originally suffered his injury in spring training with the Nationals and was totally shut down by the team while he was trying to recover, being forced to simply rest. It seems however that Morse is on the right draft and could offer some more power in the Nationals lineup by mid-season.

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National Vs. Marlins: Washington Looking To Avoid South Florida Sweep

The Washington Nationals were riding high when they landed in South Beach for a series against the Miami Marlins. Washington had won six of its last games games. Suddenly, the Nationals are on the verge of being swept by the Marlins after blowing leads in the first two games of the series.

Marlins' starter Josh Johnson has never lost a game against the Nationals in his career. He owns a 7-0 record in 14 starts against Washington with a 3.14 ERA. This could be an opportune time for the Nationals to break that streak. Johnson brings a 4.87 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP into Wednesday game. He has steadied himself after an up and down April, but allowed nine hits and three earned runs in his last outing.

Making only his second appearance and first of the season for the Nationals is Chien-Ming Wang. He picked up the win with three innings of work against Atlanta over the weekend, allowing one run one three hits. Wang is recovered from his strained hamstring, and he replaces Ross Detwiler in the rotation.

Bryce Harper has the chance to extend his hitting streak to 10 games on Wednesday. The 19-year-old belted two home runs against the Braves, and hit a triple in Tuesday's loss to the Marlins.

The game starts at 7:10 p.m. Fans can tune in to the game on MASN 2.

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Nationals Vs. Marlins Recap: Washington Falls 3-1 In Frustrating Loss

The Washington Nationals dropped the second game of their series against the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night. It was a frustrating 3-1 loss for the Nats, who could not come through in the clutch and pick up starter Edwin Jackson. The righty was not his sharpest but still held the Marlins to just one earned run over 6.2 innings. Jackson danced around five hits and three walks to keep his scuffling lineup in it.

Jackson had blanked the Fish through five innings, but Miami broke through with a run in the sixth. With one out, Omar Infante doubled and then moved to third on a throwing error by Rick Ankiel. Giancarlo Stanton, perhaps the hottest hitter in the game, brought Infante home with a double. One inning later, they would plate what proved to be the winning run on a Greg Dobbs sacrifice fly to left that brought home Chris Coghlan, who have moved from first to third on an errant pick-off attempt by Jackson. Leftfielder Corey Brown made a good enough throw, hitting catcher Carlos Maldonado on one hop but Coghlan was too fast. The frustration was written across Jackson's face, as the Marlins took their first lead of the night.

The Nats struggled to get anything going against Anibal Sanchez, who had a no-hitter through the first four innings. Washington scored their only run in the fifth, when Ian Desmond manufactured a run singlehandedly. After Miami took the lead, the Nats had a golden opportunity to even it up with Sanchez out of the game. Washington promptly loaded the bases in the eighth inning, but a Bryce Harper strikeout and Ryan Zimmerman groundout stranded the runners. Miami instantly responded when Hanley Ramirez rifled a homer into the left field stands. Ramirez has crushed the ball all series, and this was a rope off Craig Stammen.

The Nationals, who now lead the Marlins by just 1.5 games in the NL East, will try to salvage the sweep on Wednesday. Josh Johnson will go for Ozzie Guillen while Chien-Ming Wang will make his first start for the Nats.

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Chad Tracy Injury: Pinch Hitter Could Miss Remainder Of Season

On Monday, the Washington Nationals placed infielder Chad Tracy on the 15-day disabled list because of a groin injury, fearing that surgery might be required and force him to remain out of the lineup beyond 15 days. Those fears were realized on Tuesday, as manager Davey Johnson told reporters that Tracy is scheduled for surgery on Thursday for a torn groin muscle and could be out for the rest of the season as a result. Recovery is expected to last six to eight weeks, or perhaps longer.

Tracy sustained the injury during Saturday's contest against the Atlanta Braves. As a pinch hitter this season, Tracy had been batting .333 through 18 at-bats and .265 overall.

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Nationals Recall Jhonatan Solano From Class AAA Syracuse

The Washington Nationals recalled catcher Jhonatan Solano from Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday, according to the Washington Post. Solano, a career .251 hitter, will serve as the team's third catcher behind Jesus Flores and backup Carlos Maldonad.

As a result, the Nationals optioned first baseman Tyler Moore back to Syracuse after limited playing time at the major league level with just 19 at-bats through 12 games, including five starts. Over that span, he went 3 for 19 (.158) with no walks, along with seven strikeouts.

"I didn't play a whole lot, but I got to experience the atmosphere and experience how things work," Moore told Adam Kilgore of the Post. "It was real beneficial for me. ... I mean, it's a blow. But at the same time, I get to play and get back in my rhythm, feel like I'm a ballplayer again. It'll be fun to get down there and see the guys."

In less than a month at Class AAA in Syracuse earlier this season, Moore, had homered seven times.

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Nationals Vs. Marlins: Tuesday Starting Lineups

Looking to maintain its lead atop the N.L. East standings, the Washington Nationals are sending Edwin Jackson to the mound on Tuesday after falling in the first game of the weekday set on Monday, 5-3.

Prior to Monday, Washington had won six of its last seven games, including a sweep of the Atlanta Braves over the weekend. And over those seven games, the Nationals averaged nearly six runs per contest. But those bats cooled against the Marlins, as they amassed just seven hits and three runs, including going 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position.

First pitch at Marlins Park on Tuesday is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. EST and will be televised by MASN 2.

Nationals (29-19)

Steve Lombardozzi 2B
Bryce Harper RF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Adam LaRoche 1B
Ian Desmond SS
Rick Ankiel CF
Corey Brown LF
Carlos Maldonado C
Edwin Jackson P

Marlins (27-22)

Jose Reyes SS
Omar Infante 2B
Hanley Ramirez 3B
Giancarlo Stanton RF
Logan Morrison 1B
Bryan Petersen CF
John Buck C
Chris Coghlan LF
Anibal Sanchez P

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Nationals Vs. Marlins: Washington Bats Will Try To Regroup

The Washington Nationals offense cooled off last night, only putting up three runs in a 5-3 loss, but the Nationals will look to rebound in game two of the series against the Miami Marlins. Edwin Jackson (1-2, 3.38 ERA) takes the mound for the visitors, while Anibal Sanchez (2-3, 2.87) will be pitching for Miami.

Neither Jackson nor Sanchez have had much success as of late. Jackson hasn't won a start since mid-April, while Sanchez has lost his last three starts. Jackson hasn't pitched against Miami since 2010, and Sanchez is 7-0 in 18 career starts against Washington.

Bryce Harper, who went 1-for-4 last night, will extend his hitting steak to nine games with a hit tonight.

The game is set to begin at 7:10 p.m., and it will be televised on MASN2.

For more Nationals coverage and conversation, visit Federal Baseball. For the Marlins perspective, check out Fish Stripes. For news and updates from the Nationals series in Miami, stay tuned to this StoryStream from SB Nation DC.

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Nationals Vs. Marlins: Rare Road Struggles From Jordan Zimmermann Contribute To 5-3 Washington Loss

The National League East remains as wide open as ever, with fewer than five games separating the top and the bottom of the division. The Washington Nationals rolled into Miami on Monday sitting in the division lead, but the Marlins ate into that with a 5-3 win.

Washington rolled along through the first five innings, with starter Jordan Zimmermann contributing a third inning home run in what was shaping up to be another strong road performance for the righty. Miami had other plans, posting three runs in the sixth to grab the lead. Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run shot, and Chris Coghlan drove in another.

A struggling Heath Bell retired three straight batters in the ninth for his eighth save of the season, justifying Ozzie Guillen's faith in his closer. Carlos Zambrano picked up the win, his third, in six innings of work. The Marlins' right-hander struck out five and gave up three earned runs in the effort.

For the third time in three outings, Zimmermann allowed multiple home runs and four earned runs. He now has two losses in his last three starts. Bryce Harper had a single to keep his hit streak alive at eight games.

Edwin Jackson starts on Tuesday night for the Nationals, facing Anibal Sanchez for the Marlins.

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Nationals Vs. Marlins: Backup Catcher Carlos Maldonado Gets A Start On Monday

The Washington Nationals announced their lineup for a Memorial Day game in Miami against the Marlins. Monday's lineup looks very much like the standard lineup for Washington. The most notable change is the second start for backup catcher Carlos Maldonado.

Maldonado was called up from Triple-A Syracuse on May 15 as a replacement for Sandy Leon, who is on the 60-day disabled list with a high ankle sprain. Leon suffered the injury just four innings into his major league debut. Leon had to be carried off the field after a collision at home plate with Chase Headley of the Padres.

Maldonado has yet to record a hit this season in just five major league plate appearances. He was batting .211/.273/.380 in 21 games with Syracuse.

The rest of the Nationals' lineup looks like this:

1. Stephen Lombardozzi LF,
2. Bryce Harper RF,
3. Ryan Zimmerman 3B,
4. Adam LaRoche 1B,
5. Ian Desmond SS,
6. Danny Espinosa 2B,
7. Rick Ankiel CF,
8. Carlos Maldonado C,
9. Jordan Zimmermann RHP

For more Nationals coverage and conversation, visit Federal Baseball. For the Marlins perspective, check out Fish Stripes. For news and updates from the Nationals series in Miami, stay tuned to this StoryStream from SB Nation DC.

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Nationals Vs. Marlins: Holiday Matinee Kicks Off Series In Miami

The Washington Nationals are riding a three-game winning streak into Miami on Monday. Can they continue their march through their division this week?

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