MIAMI -- With Marlins Park more empty than usual, the menacing approach of Hurricane Irma made for an eerie atmosphere.
Even South Florida native Gio Gonzalez's rooting section was smaller than normal, but he was unfazed. The left-hander and four relievers combined on a six-hitter, and the Washington Nationals beat Miami for the eighth consecutive time, winning 8-1 Wednesday night.
Gonzalez (14-6) pitched five scoreless innings but needed 101 pitches. Ryan Zimmerman hit his 31st homer , and Michael A. Taylor added his 14th .
Announced attendance was 14,390, smallest of the year at Marlins Park for the second night in a row. With the area bracing for Irma, a head count at first pitch put the actual crowd size at 799.
"It's weird to get going in Miami knowing what's coming," Gonzalez said. "I was trying to take emotion out of the game, but it's tough. Too much going on."
Gonzalez said his wife and children were back in Washington, and his mother and brother were packed and ready to evacuate. Most of his usual contingent of family and friends skipped the game.
"You understand -- `I'd rather you guys be home preparing for what's coming,'" he said.
Taylor, also a South Florida native, was glad about the timing of the Nationals' visit.
"It has been a little hectic trying to get everything situated with my place and my family," he said. "But I'm kind of glad I'm here. It gives me a chance to help out a little bit before I leave."
The Nationals completed a three-game sweep and have outscored the Marlins 53-12 in their past eight meetings.
"That just means we were hot, and they were cold," Washington manager Dusty Baker said. His team increased its lead in the NL East to 18 games over second-place Miami.
Major league home run leader Giancarlo Stanton went 0 for 3, and he's 3 for 35 in the past 10 games. All three hits were homers, leaving him at 53 for the season.
The Marlins have lost nine of their past 10 games to fade from the NL wild-card race. They've scored five runs in the past four games.
"Ten days of this -- I wish I had an answer for it," manager Don Mattingly said. "I honestly don't."
Dillon Peters (0-1), who threw seven scoreless innings in his major league debut five days earlier, gave up three runs in five innings.