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Nats Clinch NL Home-Field Edge, Split With Marlins

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kike Hernandez's grand slam, J.T. Realmuto's three-run triple and Adeiny Hechavarria's four hits helped the Miami Marlins beat the NL East champion Washington Nationals 15-7 for a split of a day-night doubleheader Friday.

After clinching home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs by winning the opener 4-0 on Doug Fister's three-hitter, Washington used only two regulars in the nightcap. One, right fielder Jayson Werth, had a single, double and triple and threw out a runner.

Realmuto, a catcher never above Double-A until this year, cleared the bases during Miami's five-run fifth against Washington's Taylor Hill (0-1), who was making his first major league start. Hernandez's first career slam came off Craig Stammen in the ninth. Miami had 22 hits.

A.J. Ramos (7-0) earned the win with a 1-2-3 eighth inning.

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