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Turner struggles in Marlins 6-4 loss

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MIAMI (AP)

Jacob Turner isn't pitching nearly as well as he did early in the season.

Turner (3-6) allowed five runs and nine hits in four innings as the Miami Marlins lost 6-4 to the Washington Nationals on Sunday.

''I'm not making the pitches when I need to make them,'' Turner said. ''The biggest thing is not commanding my fastball the way I need to. It's very frustrating.''

Turner has not pitched at least six innings in his last six starts going 0-3 with a 5.28 ERA. He was 3-3 with a 2.68 ERA in his first 12 starts of the season.

''Over the past few weeks it looks like it's all coming together and then the next inning it all falls apart,'' Marlins manager Mike Redmond said.

It didn't look good for Stephen Strasburg early, but he was able to settle down. Strasburg got past a shaky start and pitched six innings to earn his first victory in nearly a month as the Washington Nationals.

''I knew if I kept the game close we could bust it open,'' Strasburg said.

Ryan Zimmerman homered, his third shot in two days, and Wilson Ramos also connected for Washington.

Strasburg (7-9) struck out seven and allowed four runs and four hits. He also hit a batter, threw a wild pitch and had two run-scoring balks. It was his first win since Aug. 11 against Philadelphia.

''Stras should have been able to go further but he was a little out of sorts today,'' Nationals manager Davey Johnson said.

Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth for his 39th save in 45 chances.

Ramos and Ian Desmond each had three hits and drove in two runs. Denard Span extended his hitting streak to 19 games, the longest active streak in the majors.

''I like the way our lineup is swinging the bat,'' Johnson said.

Justin Ruggiano had three of the Marlins' six hits.

''We know we have to pitch and play almost perfect to win and we weren't able to do that,'' Redmond said.

Ramos hit a solo homer in the second.

''I got a fast ball and I was able to get all of it,'' Ramos said.

The Marlins responded in the bottom half with three runs as Strasburg was erratic.

Strasburg gave up two hits, walked two and balked twice. After his second balk, he retired 10 in a row.

''Obviously, it can go two ways and you can let something like (the balks) affect you the next inning, but the way we've been swinging the bats I didn't want to do that,'' Strasburg said.

Zimmerman hit his 20th homer in the third. He has five homers in his last six games and has hit home runs in back-to-back games for the first time since hitting in three straight from Sept. 7-10, 2012.

Desmond tied the game at 3 with an RBI double.

The Nationals regained the lead in the fifth on an RBI single by Ramos ending Turner's outing.

''Obviously the team, in order to get the lead, is battling and then to give it right back is just frustrating,'' Turner said.

Anthony Rendon hit an RBI triple for a 5-3 advantage later in the fifth and Desmond's RBI triple to deep center field pushed the lead to 6-3 in the sixth.

Miami got a run back in the sixth on a pinch-hit RBI single by Greg Dobbs.

NOTES: Marlins RF Giancarlo Stanton (foot) was held out of the lineup and was not available to pinch hit. ''It felt the same as it did yesterday,'' Stanton said. ... Span is hitting .397 (31 for 78) during his hitting streak. ... The Nationals will start LHP Gio Gonzalez (9-6, 3.49 ERA) on Monday night in New York against Mets RHP Carlos Torres (3-3, 2.89). ... Miami will begin a series with Atlanta on Monday. The Braves will start RHP Kris Medlen (12-12, 3.48) against Marlins RHP Henderson Alvarez (3-3, 3.95).

Tagged: Nationals, Marlins, Stephen Strasburg, Wilson Ramos, Ian Desmond

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