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NATIONALS-MARLINS

Marlins snap 8-game skid by beating Nats 11-2

MIAMI (AP) - Giancarlo Stanton tied a career high with five RBIs, including a three-run homer off Stephen Strasburg, and the Miami Marlins broke an eight-game losing streak by beating the Washington Nationals 11-2 Tuesday night.

Strasburg (1-2) endured another rough outing in Miami, allowing six runs and eight hits in four innings. He fell to 2-3 at Marlins Park with an ERA of 8.61.

Tom Koehler (2-1) allowed one hit and five walks in seven scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 1.89. The performance was a welcome change for a team that had an ERA of 6.12 during the losing streak.

Both benches and bullpens cleared briefly in the fourth inning when the Nationals' Ian Desmond and Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia engaged in a heated, nose-to-nose conversation at home plate. Desmond became annoyed when he barely avoided being hit by an inside pitch from Koehler.

RAYS-ORIOLES

Rays-Orioles game postponed by rain

BALTIMORE (AP) - Tuesday's night game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles has been postponed by rain.

A steady downpour and low temperatures were predicted for much of the night.

No makeup date was immediately announced. Baltimore won the opener of the three-game set 7-1 on Monday, and the series was scheduled to conclude Wednesday afternoon.

Tampa Bay announced Tuesday that left-hander Matt Moore will be lost for the season after opting to undergo elbow-ligament replacement surgery. In addition, reliever Brandon Gomes was slated to start on the mound in place of Jake Odorizzi, who was sent back to the team hotel Monday with an illness.

Odorizzi will pitch Wednesday, manager John Maddon said.

The Orioles, meanwhile, were preparing to play without center fielder Adam Jones, who was sent home with flu-like symptoms. Reliever Evan Meek was sent home with the same bug.

WIZARDS-WITTMAN'S WIT

Wizards' coach Wittman finally makes the playoffs

WASHINGTON (AP) - No one in NBA history has coached more games with less success than Randy Wittman.

His .366 winning percentage ranks him last among anyone who has coached at least 400 games since the league began in 1946.

Now on his third team, Wittman will finally coach his first playoff game this weekend, having overseen the Washington Wizards' return from the days of dysfunction.

Wittman says he's learned "by being thrown into the fire" and has mellowed a bit, having headed the lessons from his previous head coaching stops in Cleveland and Minnesota.

Wittman and team president Ernie Grunfeld were under a playoffs-or-else decree from owner Ted Leonsis this season. But making the postseason doesn't guarantee Wittman will be back. His contract is expiring - and so is Grunfeld's.

QUARTERBACK BEATEN

Virginia State player pleads guilty to assault

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - A Virginia State football player has pleaded guilty to assaulting Winston-Salem State's starting quarterback during a luncheon last November.

Chief Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Martin said Lamont Britt pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge of simple assault.

Judge Denise Hartsfield sentenced Britt to 45 days in jail, suspended for one year, probation for a year, and imposed the condition that he complete or be in the process of completing his education. Hartsfield also ordered Britt to cooperate with any continued investigations.

An arrest warrant accuses Britt of hitting WSSU quarterback Rudy Johnson in the face and head in a restroom last Nov. 15 during the CIAA awards luncheon, one day before the two schools were to meet for the league championship. CIAA officials canceled the game after the fight.

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