The Washington Nationals completed a sweep of the Miami Marlins with a 5-2 victory on the Fourth of July to earn their third consecutive win to start the month. The Nats have now won eight of their last 10 games and are currently tied at the top of the NL Wild Card race.

Check out the latest news & notes surrounding the Washington Nationals.

Player Notes:

SP Anibal Sanchez held the Marlins to two runs (one earned) in six innings of work on Thursday afternoon. He now has a 2.18 ERA since returning from the IL in late May. A softer schedule may have helped Sanchez on his return, but he is performing more like the pitcher he was with the Braves last season.

RP Fernando Rodney threw a scoreless ninth inning in Thursday's win to earn his second save. He gave up two hits in his outing, but managed to remain unscored in 3 2/3 innings for his new squad.

3B Anthony Rendon went 2-for-4 on Thursday afternoon and hit his 20th home run of the season. Even though he is banged up to the point of considering sitting out the All-Star Game, Rendon is batting .310/.394/.617 this season and is now only five home runs from his career high.


SP Max Scherzer: Paternity, day-to-day

RP Kyle Barraclough: Biceps, out indefinitely 

SP Jeremy Hellickson: Shoulder, out indefinitely 

RP Justin Miller: Shoulder, out indefinitely 


RP Koda Glover: Elbow, out indefinitely 

RP Austen Williams: Shoulder, out indefinitely 

Coming Up:

Friday 7/5: Nationals vs. Royals, 7:05 p.m. ET, Nationals Park

Saturday 7/6: Nationals vs. Royals, 4:05 p.m. ET, Nationals Park

Sunday 7/7: Nationals vs. Royals, 1:35 p.m. ET, Nationals Park

Source: Rotoworld