MIAMI — Ryan Zimmerman homered twice and drove in three runs, powering the Washington Nationals to a 9-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Saturday night.
Jayson Werth and Anthony Rendon had three hits apiece as the Nationals won for the third time in four games to remain on the fringe of the NL wild-card race. Tanner Roark (5-0) pitched six scoreless innings in his first start of the season.
Adeiny Hechavarria and Jeff Mathis each drove in a run for Miami, which was unable to overcome a sluggish outing for Nathan Eovaldi. Christian Yelich had two hits and scored a run.
Eovaldi (3-6) lasted just three innings in his shortest outing of the season. He was charged with five runs and nine hits.
Washington got off to a fast start behind Zimmerman, who drove a 1-2 pitch over the wall in center in the first to give the Nationals a 2-0 lead. Zimmerman's 18th homer came after Denard Span reached on a leadoff single to extend his career-high hitting streak to 18 games.
Zimmerman belted Eovaldi's first pitch of the third over the wall in right for his 12th career multihomer game. Washington added two more runs in the inning on Wilson Ramos' two-run single.
Span added a sacrifice fly in the sixth and Adam LaRoche doubled home a run in the seventh, helping the Nationals improve to 10-4 against the Marlins this season.
Roark struck out four and walked none. He was 4-0 with a 1.19 ERA in nine relief appearances before joining the rotation.
Tyler Moore went 2 for 5 with two RBIs after replacing Bryce Harper in Washington's lineup. Harper was scratched for undisclosed reasons.
Miami finally got on the board in the seventh on consecutive RBI singles by Hechavarria and Mathis.
NOTES: Span was back in the leadoff spot after taking batting practice and feeling no discomfort from the on-and-off tightness this week in his right groin. ... NL Rookie of the Year candidate Jose Fernandez will not have an innings limit when he pitches in his final game of the season Wednesday against Atlanta. Manager Mike Redmond said Fernandez won't be pulled just because he has reached the club's previously stated 170-inning cap. He currently has 165 2-3 innings.