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Marlins enjoying spoiler role

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WASHINGTON—The Miami Marlins aren’t playing favourites in the NL East race.

They are beating both teams.

Justin Bour and Martin Prado homered for the second-straight game as the Marlins dented the Nationals’ fading playoff hopes with a 6-4 victory last night.

The Marlins have won five-straight series, including two against the first-place N.Y. Mets and one against the chasing Nationals.

“They’ve proven that they’re some of the elite teams in baseball, and now we’re proving that we can play with these guys,” said Marlins’ starter Jarred Cosart.

Cosart (2-4) turned in his third-straight productive effort since being recalled from the minors.

He gave up two runs and three hits in six innings, walking three and striking out four.

The Nationals, opening their 11-game final homestand, fell eight games behind the idle Mets.

“Those are the two clubs that are leading the division but September baseball, you’re going to play in division and it’s always fun when you can have quality ball games against the teams that are ahead of you,” said Marlins’ manager Dan Jennings.

The Marlins now have won three-straight and 12-of-16.

“Oh, it’s awesome,” Cosart said. “Being able to win a lot of games, this is kind of what our expectations were from the beginning of the year.

“Some things didn’t go our way and like I said, injuries and stuff.

“But now we’re rolling with it and having a lot of fun—feeding off each other,” he added.

Ian Desmond homered, singled, and drove in four runs for Washington, which had won four-straight.

“The Marlins, they’ve got a great staff. They hit the ball well,” said Bryce Harper, who had two hits.

Tanner Roark (4-6) took the loss, allowing six runs and eight hits over five innings.

A.J. Ramos got four outs for his 28th save.

Elsewhere in the NL, Chicago topped Pittsburgh 9-6 and St. Louis doubled Milwaukee 6-3.

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