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MIAMI -- Pitching in air conditioning, Stephen Strasburg nonetheless soaked his jersey with perspiration after only a couple of innings. Marshal Yanda Jersey . The first-place Washington Nationals have reason to start sweating. Strasburg gave up a career-high seven runs in five innings Tuesday night and the Nationals losing streak reached five games when they were beaten by Ricky Nolasco and the last-place Miami Marlins 9-0. "Im sure theres not a pitcher in the history of baseball who has gone out there and done it every single time," Strasburg said. "I struggled for pretty much the whole game. Its a learning experience for me." Nolasco (10-12) allowed five hits in his third career shutout and eighth complete game. The shutout was the first for the Marlins at their new ballpark. The Nationals began the night with baseballs best record, but theyre saddled with a losing streak that matches their season high. "Weve played really good 90 per cent of the year," manager Davey Johnson said. "Were in a rough spot here. That makes the metal hotter. The tougher it gets, the stronger you get, so well be fine." Strasburg (15-6) came into the game with a streak of 27 consecutive scoreless innings against Miami in five starts since last September. But he gave up a homer to his second batter, Justin Ruggiano, and trailed 5-0 by the third inning. Strasburg shrugged off the significance of the drenched jersey, but Johnson said it was telling. "He was fighting himself a little bit," the manager said. "He gave up more hits than hes used to giving up. ... Hes such a perfectionist, when he gives up a hit hes going to be upset. Thats part of the maturation process for a young pitcher." Strasburg is expected to make perhaps four more starts before the Nationals shut him down for the year to protect his surgically repaired elbow. The drubbing doesnt change that plan, Johnson said. Strasburg said the Marlins adjusted to his inside fastball and didnt try to hit the ball the other way. "They had a little different approach this time, and I didnt make the adjustment," he said. "I just kept trying to do the same thing." The young right-hander, who had won his past four starts, allowed five earned runs and gave up nine hits to match a career high. He struck out only three but leads the NL with 186 strikeouts. Nolasco struck out five, walked none and lowered his ERA to 4.78. He retired 14 in a row and held the Nationals hitless until Kurt Suzuki singled with two outs in the fifth. The complete game was his second in the past three starts. "Anytime youre rolling like that, you want to finish it off," Nolasco said. Ruggiano had a career-high four hits in four at-bats and drove in two runs, while Giancarlo Stanton added three hits and three RBIs. Seven of the Marlins runs scored with two outs, and they totalled 13 hits. Ian Desmond (hamstring) and Michael Morse (hand), both sidelined last weekend with injuries, returned to the Nationals lineup but went hitless. "The good news about that one," Johnson said, "is it was only 2 1/2 hours." The Marlins scored twice off Strasburg in the first inning. Ruggiano hit his 13th home run. Carlos Lee doubled with two outs, then came home on a broken-bat single by Stanton. Miami added three runs in the third. Bryan Petersen led off with a single, stole second, took third on a groundout and came home when second baseman Danny Espinosa mishandled a grounder for an error. Greg Dobbs two-out single brought home two unearned runs to make it 5-0. Ruggiano had a two-out RBI single against Strasburg in the fourth. "Hes the toughest Ive faced in a game as far as overall stuff," Ruggiano said. "Hopefully hes tipping his cap to us, because I think we all had a good approach to him." Donovan Solano drove in the final run against Strasburg, extending his hitting streak to 11 games with a two-out RBI single in the fifth that made it 7-0. "Any team wants to come out and make a name for themselves off Stephen Strasburg," Desmond said. "The guy is one of the best pitchers in the game, and theyre not just going to lay down for him." NOTES: Nolasco had been 0-2 with a 6.35 ERA in his two previous starts this year against Washington. ... Jayson Werth went hitless and is 4 for 25 (.160) against Nolasco. ... The Marlins bullpen hasnt allowed an earned run against Washington in the past 31 1-3 innings. Ray Lewis Womens Jersey . The result was their biggest win over the Dallas Mavericks in 15 years. David West and George Hill each scored 15 points to help the Pacers beat the Mavericks 103-83 on Friday night. Dennis Pitta Super Bowl Jersey . Watch the game live on TSN2 starting at 8pm et/5pm pt. Kershaw has allowed two runs or less in seven of his last eight starts, but has just one win in his last four trips to the hill. He did not get a decision on Tuesday against San Diego, despite a terrific outing that saw him allow a run and five hits in seven innings of a 6-3 loss. . The Raptors turned the tables on the Blazers on Wednesday in a dazzling display of just how far the squad has come. Rookie Terrence Ross poured in a career-high 26 points against his hometown team -- including a buzzer-beating three-pointer to end the first half -- to lead the Raptors 102-79 over Portland, the eighth victory in nine games for Toronto. Ray Lewis Jersey . The team released a statement Thursday night saying Crawfords diagnosis was made by the Red Sox medical staff and confirmed by Dr. James Andrews. Torrey Smith Youth Jersey .5 million contract with star forward Evander Kane on Saturday night. NEW YORK -- Saints quarterback Drew Brees, former New Orleans linebacker Scott Fujita and players union head DeMaurice Smith were at the NFL offices Monday discussing the teams bounty program. Other issues also were being discussed with league executives, according to a person with knowledge of the meetings. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the talks are not being made public. The league would not comment on the meetings, which also included discussions of HGH testing. Also on hand was NFL Players Association President Domonique Foxworth, who was elected to that position last month. Brees and Fujita, now with the Browns, are members of the NFLPAs executive committee. Fujita was with the Saints in 2009 when the pay-for-pain bounty pool grew as large as $50,000 and the team won the Super Bowl. Browns coach Pat Shurmur said on a conference call with Cleveland media Monday that Fujita missed the teams first off-season training session because he was in New York. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to soon punish players for their roles in the program that got Saints coach Sean Payton suspended for 2012. Between 22 and 27 current and former Saints defenders were involved, according to the league investigation. The NFL investigation found that Payton initially lied about the existence of a bounty program and instructed his defensive assistants to do the same. Vonta Leach Jersey. The Saints have been fined $500,000 and stripped of two second-round draft picks. General manager Mickey Loomis is suspended for the first eight games of the upcoming season, while interim head coach Joe Vitt -- who took over that role Monday as Payton began his suspension through the Super Bowl -- will be barred for the first six regular-season games. Former Saints defensive co-ordinator Gregg Williams, who oversaw the bounty system in which opponents were targeted for hits that could sideline or injure them, is suspended indefinitely. He left New Orleans in January to become defensive co-ordinator in St. Louis. Williams has apologized for his role in the bounty program. The leagues investigation found that Williams bounty system offered off-the-books cash payments of $1,500 for "knockouts," in which an opposing player was knocked out of a game, or $1,000 for "cart-offs," in which an opponent needed help off the field. Last summer, the NFL announced it would begin testing for human growth hormone, but the union had to approve the process. The players have yet to do so, citing uncertainty about the detection methods and appeals process. The sides have been stalemated on HGH testing ever since. ------ AP Sports Writer Brett Martell in New Orleans contributed to this story. ' ' '

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