The Washington Nationals possess a special talent for leaving you wanting more. Even on a day when they tattoo line drives and mash home runs when Stephen Strasburg throws a curveball that appears to be guided by some dark force they manage to make themselves sweat the final outcome. They have grown creative even in victory at obscuring their own bright spots.

Sunday afternoon a 6-4 victory over the Miami Marlins included as much frustration as celebration. Strasburg (7-9) allowed four hits and struck out seven over six innings but he worked around a bizarre second inning in which he balked home two runs. After six innings the Nationals had clobbered two homers two triples two doubles and five singles. The Marlins had swatted four only singles. The Nationals led naturally by two runs. The conditions for a blowout yielded a nail-biter which Rafael Soriano closed for his 39th save.

It may have been harder than it needed to be but the Nationals did enough to escape tomb-like Marlins Park with a series victory. The Nationals obliterated Marlins starter Jacob Turner. Ryan Zimmerman crushed a home run off the Clevelander bar in left field his fifth homer in six games (giving him 20 for the season). Wilson Ramos bashed a solo shot off the back wall. Ian Desmond finished only a home run shy of the cycle.