The Marlins have said throughout their recent red-hot run that they’re going to need more than the usual suspects to carry them if they’re going to make a serious playoff push.

On Tuesday night, though, it was still pretty nice to have a pair of those big horses around. Like a pair of tag-team partners, All-Stars Giancarlo Stanton and Henderson Alvarez took turns beating up on the division-leading Washington Nationals.

Alvarez tossed seven scoreless innings, and Stanton drove in a pair of runs on a pair of big hits as the Marlins extended their season-long winning streak to six games with a 3-0 shutout in front of 22,672 at Marlins Park.

Miami, .500 for the first time since June 25, has won nine of its past 10 games and heads into Thursday’s trade deadline looking to add more pieces instead of being in seller mode.

“Those guys are excited,” manager Mike Redmond said. “We’re relaxed. We feel like we’re in the game no matter what happens, even if we go a few innings without scoring or getting a hit. There’s a lot of confidence in there right now.”

Confidence? Excitement? That wasn’t what the Marlins’ locker room was like during last year’s 62-100 season.

But it is now.

And more help could be on the way soon. It was reported Tuesday the Marlins (53-53) are one of seven teams interested in Red Sox three-time All-Star Jon Lester. Whether its Lester or not, it’s likely Miami will still try to make a move before Thursday to add another starting pitcher.