Marlins vs. Nationals Live Blog: Instant Reactions and Analysis
Due to a hour-plus rain delay, both teams were forced to go to their bullpen early on. Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg (6-9, 2.96 ERA) only lasted 2.0 innings of no-hit baseball.
The opposing pitcher, Henderson Alvarez (2-3, 3.90 ERA) lasted 1.2 innings and gave up an RBI double to Nationals second baseman Stephen Lombardozzi on his last pitch.
Following the rain delay, Washington used five relievers to close out the game, with Drew Storen (4-2,5.47 ERA) garnering the win.
Mason Dunn (3-4, 3.04 ERA) took the loss for the Marlins.
Miami got solo home runs from Giancarlo Stanton and Jeff Mathis.
Jayson Werth contributed a solo shot for the Nationals.
Following an intentional walk to Werth, Ian Desmond knocked in the winning run with an RBI single in the seventh inning.
The win gives the series victory to the Nationals.
Washington will go for the series sweep on Thursday, 7:05 p.m. ET, with Gio Gonzalez (7-6, 3.72 ERA) facing off against Tom Koehler (3-8, 4.45 ERA).
With their next 17 games games against the likes of the Mets, Phillies and Marlins, the Nationals have a prime opportunity to close the seven game gap that stands bewteen them and the final NL wild-card spot.
Final: Nationals 4, Marlins 3.
While Washington did rack up 10 hits, the offense remains a source of concern, as the Nationals missed out on several opportunities to blow this game open. If Washington is going to truly make a run at the playoffs, their offense will have to come through in clutch situations.
Going forward, tonight's rain delay could have implications for Thursday's bout with the Marlins. With the bullpen turning in 7.0 innings of work, it'll be crucial for Gio Gonzalez to eat up some innings on Thursday.
Big win by the Nationals, especially with the two teams their chasing for a wild-card spot, Pirates and Reds, registering wins tonight.
Yelich grounds out to Desmond. Nationals win 4-3.
No runners on base, why is Lucas bunting for the Marlins?
Questionable call by umpire, looked like Ruggiano went there. No matter, Soriano gets him with some high heat on following pitch.
Rafael Soriano is in to close for the Nationals.
Clippard's night is done, Tyler Moore is in to pinch hit for him.
A.J. Ramos is in to face Wilson Ramos for the Marlins, no relation.
Tyler Clippard in to pitch for the Nationals.
Dunn strikes out LaRoche to end the Washington rally. LaRoche remains the lone Nationals starter without a hit tonight.
RBI single by Desmond. 4-3 Nationals lead.
Dunn is unraveling here. Mike Redmond might want to get somebody up in the bullpen.
A Red Sox or Yankees fan gets that foul ball before Stanton.
Left-hander Mike Dunn is in to pitch for the Marlins.
Great work by Storen to escape the jam. Time for Nationals offense to step up.
Aside from Stammen, Washington's pitchers have struggled with their control after entering the game tonight.
Two on and no out for Marlins. Stanton is up next.
Chad Tracy comes in to hit for Mattheus. Runners on first and third with two outs.
Werth pounds a fastball to center for his 20th homer of the year, and a 3-3 ballgame.
Mattheus shows poise and gets out of jam. Still have to wonder why Johnson kept him in.
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