Soto, Robles HR as Nats beat Marlins to complete sweep

MIAMI (AP) — Juan Soto and Victor Robles each homered, and the Washington Nationals rallied to beat the Miami Marlins 8-5 Thursday night to sweep a three-game series.

Robles and Matt Adams homered against starter Sandy Alcantara during a five-run sixth inning that erased a 4-1 deficit. Kurt Suzuki also went deep, and Trea Turner had two hits and two stolen bases for the Nationals, who have won 8 of 10.

Stephen Strasburg (9-4) won his 10th straight decision against Miami after allowing four runs and seven hits in seven innings. He struck out four on a season-high 111 pitches. He hasn’t lost in Miami since 2015.

Adams hit a three-run shot for the second straight night, this time tying the game at 4. Robles’ two-run homer to left-center broke the tie.

Alcantara (4-7) was lifted after the sixth. The rookie right-hander allowed six runs, seven hits and a walk.

Wander Suero struck out the side in the eighth, and Sean Doolittle allowed Cesar Puello’s RBI groundout in the ninth for the Nationals in a non-save situation.

The Marlins scored three off Strasburg in the third on Miguel Rojas’ two-run double and Harold Ramirez’s RBI groundout.

Soto’s opposite field solo homer in the fourth cut Miami’s lead to 3-1. Soto drove Alcantara’s 3-1 fastball over the wall in left-center for his 13th home run of the season.

Miami regained its three-run advantage on Garrett Cooper’s two-out single to center that scored Rojas from second.

Rojas tied a career-high with four hits, including three doubles.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Nationals: 1B Ryan Zimmerman (foot) played a nine-inning game in a rehab assignment at Double-A Harrisburg Wednesday.

Marlins: C Jorge Alfaro (concussion protocol) fielded grounders at third base.

UP NEXT

Nationals: RHP Anibal Sanchez (3-6, 4.02) returns to Detroit to face the Tigers in the opener of a three-game series Friday. From 2012 to 2017, Sanchez was 46-49 with a 4.43 ERA for the Tigers.

Marlins: Rookie RHP Elieser Hernandez (0-2, 4.34) takes the mound for the opener of a three-game series against division-rival Philadelphia on Friday.

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