By CHUCK KING
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) – In a matchup of high-priced stars, Washington’s Max Scherzer got Giancarlo Stanton to ground into a double play and then struck out the slugger in the Nationals’ 2-1 loss to the Miami Marlins on Tuesday.
Scherzer, signed to a $210 million, seven-year deal as a free agent, allowed one run and six hits in three innings with three strikeouts and no walks.
Dee Gordon led off the bottom of the first with a bunt single, stole second, advanced on wild pitch and scored on the first of Chrsitian Yelich’s three singles. Stanton, signed to a record $325 million, 13-year-old deal, followed with a one-hopper that became a 4-6-3 double play.
Washington tied the game in the sixth an RBI double by former Marlin Dan Uggla.
Derek Dietrich hit a game-ending homer in the ninth off Bruce Billings.
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