MIAMI – Kyle Schwarber hit the 13th home run in the last 14 games, but Miguel Rojas hit a three-run homer in a four-run first inning and the Miami Marlins beat the Washington Nationals 11-2 on Friday night.
Schwarber has the second-most home runs in a 14-game span since at least 1901, behind just 14 for San Francisco’s Barry Bonds in 2001.
Schwarber hit his 22nd home run this season on the top deck of right field in the third inning, reducing Washington’s deficit to 4-1. His 12 home runs in his last 12 games are the most by a leadoff hitter in that span.
Rojas had four RBIs, and Garrett Cooper hit a home run and double twice as the Marlins snapped a four-game losing streak. Adam Duvall reached base four times with two singles and two walks.
Washington had won five in a row.
Pablo López (4-4) allowed two runs and six hits in six innings with nine strikeouts and one walk. He retired his last 10 batters, striking out sideways in the sixth.
After scoring five runs during his drift, the Marlins took an 8-2 lead after four innings.
Jon Lester (1-3) allowed seven runs, five hits and three walks in 2 1/3 innings, the season low, raising his ERA to 4.99.
Duvall hit an RBI single and Rojas stopped trotting to second on his home run, turned around and touched first base again.
Schwarber’s 13th home run in June tied Bryce Harper in March 2015 for the most for the Nationals in a month.
Cooper, activated from the disabled list, hit a two-run homer off Jefry Rodriguez in the eighth.
Nationals: RHP Daniel Hudson (elbow inflammation) is making progress with his pitching schedule and could throw a bullpen early next week.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
LZ Patrick Corbin (5-5, 5.40) will start Game 3 of the series for the Nationals on Saturday, while the Marlins will go with RHP Zach Thompson (1-2, 1.50).
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