Miami Marlins Avoid Sweep, Beat Washington Nationals 10-2
By David Levin
Different day, Different results for the Miami Marlins.
After the Miami Marlins were blistered in an 18-4 loss to the Washington Nationals on Saturday night, the ball club got off the ground and earned a 10-2 win at Nationals Park on Sunday.
The win helps Miami avoid being swept in a series to their National League East rival.
Miami is 37-55 this season.
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The Marlins proved they did not need the long ball to beat the Nationals as 20 of the team’s 22 hits came on singles. Catcher J.T. Realmuto, hoping to be named to the N.L. All-Star Game, had five hits on the day. He scored a run and had three RBI.
He was just part of the offensive outburst by Miami. Third baseman Martin Prado had four hits, scored two runs and had an RBI.
The most hits for the Marlins in a game this season before Sunday was 17 in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals in May. The score for both teams could be a lot more as the Marlins left 17 players on base. The Nationals stranded 13 batters of their own.
Adam Conley got the win in relief for Miami to run his record to 3-1 this season. He pitched two strong innings, replacing starter Trevor Richards with two outs in the fourth inning. Conley, a converted starter to the bullpen. Struck out four batters on the day.
Tanner Roark fell to 3-11. The last time Roark won for the Nationals this season was June 6.
Miami got a hit from every position player during the game. Besides the hitting of both Realmuto and Prado, second baseman Starlin Castro got two hits to extend his hitting streak to seven straight games.
- Justin Bour had two hits including the first double of the game for the Marlins in the ninth inning. He finished with two RBI.
- Derek Dietrich had a hit and scored two runs.
- Brian Anderson had one hit but failed to bring runners around when he was faced with bases loaded twice during the game.
- J.T. Riddle had three hits, scored one run and had two RBI.
- Cameron Maybin had two hits and an RBI.
- Richards, the starter, did not get the decision but gave up the only two runs of the game on four hit and struck out five batters over 3.2 innings.
- Brad Ziegler pitched only one inning but struck out three batters.
- The five Miami pitchers struck out 14 Nationals batters.
Miami returns home on Monday for a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers. Miami will send Jose Urena (2-9 with a 4.18 ERA) to the mound. The Brewers counter with Chase Anderson (6-6 with a 3.99 ERA).
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The series with Milwaukee begins a six-game homestand for Miami before the All-Star break.