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WASHINGTON -- After Bryce Harper provided Washington with a first-inning lead, the Nationals spent the rest of the game holding off the worst team in the National League. Harper hit a three-run homer to back an effective pitching performance by Gio Gonzalez, and the Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 3-2 on Thursday night to keep alive their slim hope of reaching the playoffs. Despite winning 11 of 13 in a belated run, the Nationals trail Cincinnati by five games for the final NL wild-card slot with nine games remaining. Washington needed every bit of mettle it could muster to win this one. Gonzalez (11-7) worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the third and spied a runner trying to steal third in the sixth. Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard each worked a harrowing scoreless inning before Rafael Soriano got three outs, stranding two runners in earning his 42nd save. "I mean, everybody was out there. Gave me a heart attack. Check my pulse," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said. "Gio took it right to the edge, Storen to the edge, Clip and Sori topped it off. But its nice to come out on top." Denard Span went 0 for 4 for Washington, ending his hitting streak at 29 games -- one short of the Nationals record. He was bidding to become the 27th player to have a 30-game hitting streak since Joe DiMaggio had his 56-game run in 1941. Span received a standing ovation from many in the crowd of 25,945 after he struck out in the seventh, his final at-bat. Although the streak is done, Span expressed no regret. "It was unbelievable," he said. "It was like a roller-coaster, especially these last 10 days or so. It was a lot of fun. It gave me added motivation, to come to the field to try to extend it." Gonzalez allowed two runs and seven hits over six innings to improve to 3-0 against Miami this season. He struck out three, lifting his team-high total to 186. "The good news is we got the win," Gonzalez said. "Its a very important win." Harpers 20th homer of the season came off Henderson Alvarez (4-5) and turned out to be all the offence the Nationals needed to improve to 12-4 against Miami, including 7-0 at home. "I like being in those pressure situations, crucial situations of playing for the wild card," Harper said. "All year long you try to play for the playoffs and try to go to the next round. Now its getting to that point where were turning it on and playing the game how we should have played it all year." Ed Lucas had three hits for the Marlins, who must go 7-2 in their last nine games to avoid 100 losses. Miami went 2 for 9 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10. "I think thats good were getting guys in scoring position, but at the same time weve got to do a better job of driving those guys in," manager Mike Redmond said. "We seem to have two or three, four opportunities a night and cant capitalize on them and really that ends up being the difference." Miami went up 1-0 when Donovan Solano opened the game with a double and Lucas followed with an RBI single. In the bottom half, Ryan Zimmerman hit the first of his three singles and Jayson Werth walked before Harper drove a hanging curveball over the wall in centre field. It was his first home run since Aug. 29. The Marlins loaded the bases with two outs in the third before Placido Polanco flied out. Successive doubles by Giancarlo Stanton and Justin Ruggiano got Miami within 3-2 in the sixth, but Gonzalez nabbed Ruggiano trying to steal third, short-circuiting the uprising. "I say jokingly, I set him up," Gonzalez said. "Im glad I got out of that inning." NOTES: Jordan Zimmermann seeks his 19th win for Washington on Friday night. Miami starter Jacob Turner (3-7) will attempt to break a six-game losing streak. ... The Nationals acquired minor league pitcher Matthew Spann as the player to be named in the Aug. 23 trade that sent OF David DeJesus to Tampa Bay. Spann is 14-10 with a 3.03 ERA in four pro seasons. ... Johnson expects RHP Stephen Strasburg to start Saturday. Strasburg felt forearm tightness while throwing Wednesday and was scratched from his scheduled start Thursday. ... Both teams received a warning from home plate umpire Bill Welke after Alvarez hit Ian Desmond with a 3-0 pitch in the first inning. Johnson said Alvarez should have been ejected. ... The Nationals are 28-11 since Aug. 8. <a href="">Raheem Sterling Jersey</a>.C. Lions. The clubs former starting quarterback, assistant and head coach returned Thursday as its receivers coach. <a href="">Ross Barkley Jersey</a>. -- The Sacramento Kings have claimed forward Travis Outlaw off waivers under the NBAs new amnesty provision, filling out the frontcourt with another veteran. "Its not done, but its a huge step," Hannover general manager Dirk Dufner said. Poor defending allowed the visitors to score in the second minute, when Leon Andreasens header from Christian Panders cross sent the ball inside the far post. <a href="">Daniel Sturridge Jersey</a>. - A Tuesday funeral is planned in Toronto for 20-year-old Saginaw Spirit forward Terry Trafford. <a href="">Phil Jagielka Jersey</a>. Ronaldo netted his 14th goal of the season in Europes top competition to give Madrid a clear advantage ahead of next weeks quarterfinal return leg in Germany. But it came at a price as the Portugal forward, who came into the first-leg nursing a sore left knee, came off in the 80th minute.San Diego, CA ( - The Ball State Cardinals face their second nationally-ranked opponent of the season, as they clash with the 19th-ranked San Diego State Aztecs at Viejas Arena on Saturday night. The Cardinals, who began the 2014-15 campaign with a loss to nationally-ranked Utah, 90-72, enters the weekend two games below .500 thanks to back-to-back defeats. The latest setback occurred on Wednesday night when the squad fell hard against James Madison at home, 72-52. As for the Aztecs, theyve already tallied their third loss of the campaign, something that did not happen last season until late February. In addition to defeats versus Arizona and Washington from the Pac-12 Conference, SDSU was also turned away by Cincinnati in overtime three nights ago, 71-62. The good news for the Aztecs, who have won 19 straight games at home, is that theyve gone 56 games without having lost back-to-back outings. This is the fifth all-time meeting between these two programs, but the first since 1999, with the Cardinals holding a 3-1 series advantage. At home in Worthen Arena, the Cardinals were limited to just eight field goals in the first half and 17 for the game as they shot a mere 29.8 percent from the floor and 6-of-23 behind the 3-point line in the 20-point setback to JMU. Ball State failed to have a single player score in double figures in that outing, although Franko House and Xavier Turner came close with nine points apiece, even as the latter shot a woeful 2-of-12 from the field. The shooting performance versus the Dukes was the woorst of the season for BSU, the previous low being 30.dddddddddddd4 percent versus Eastern Illinois earlier in the month. The team is now shooting 43.9 percent from the field, but a very decent 40.6 percent out on the perimeter which is rather surprising. Turner paces the group with 13.7 ppg and Sean Sellers comes in with another 13.0 ppg, thanks not only to 55.6 percent accuracy beyond the arc but also 27-of-30 (.900) at the free-throw line. Despite coming back from a five-point deficit with just 42 seconds remaining in regulation, the Aztecs still felt the sting of yet another loss on Wednesday as they bowed to Cincinnati at Fifth Third Arena. Guilty of 18 turnovers, San Diego State shot just 5-of-25 behind the 3-point line, with Dwayne Polee II missing all seven of his opportunities as he tallied nine points in 25 minutes of action. The top offensive threats versus the Bearcats were Winston Shepard and Trey Kell with 17 and 11 points, respectively, the former also accounting for five of the units 11 assists in the losing cause. The Aztecs dont have many offensive stars these days due in part to their efforts at the other end of the floor where they have limited opponents to just 56.6 ppg on 37.1 percent shooting from the field and 30.4 percent behind the 3-point line. Unfortunately, as a group the Aztecs, who are led by Shepard with his 10.9 ppg, are knocking down a pitiful 27.0 percent out on the perimeter and a disappointing 62.4 percent at the free-throw line where theyve attempted 105 more shots than the competition. <a href="">Wholesale Jerseys</a>  <a href="">Cheap NFL Jerseys</a> <a href="">Wholesale Jerseys</a> <a href="">Authentic Jerseys From China</a> <a href="">Wholesale Jerseys</a> <a href="">Wholesale NFL Jerseys</a> ' ' '
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