Miami Marlins starter Tom Koehler didn't receive much run support in 2014. That wasn't a problem on Tuesday night, as the Marlins topped Steven Strasburg and the Nationals 11-2 to end an eight game losing streak dating back to the end of the last home stand.
Having scored just two runs on Monday night in a 9-2 loss, the Marlins took a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning. Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna both singled before Giancarlo Stanton hit a three run home run to center field.
Strasburg's struggles continued in the second, as the Marlins' offense was able to put another three runs on the board. An Ozuna RBI-single followed an Adeiny Hechavarria triple to open the inning, and Casey McGehee plated two with a single to left field.
Strasburg was pulled after just four innings, giving up eight hits and six runs while walking three and striking out five. While Strasburg was leaving his pitches over the plate, Tom Koehler, for the second time in a week, was efficient against the Washington lineup.
Koehler gave up one run to the Nationals in six innings last week, and on Tuesday didn't give up a run in seven innings. His command was inconsistent at times, as he walked three to complement five strikeouts.
Led by Stanton and McGehee again, the Marlins added five runs in the fifth against Craig Stammen to make it an 11-0 contest.
Dan Jennings gave up Washington's lone two runs in relief of Koehler in the eighth and ninth innings.
Hero of The Game: Giancarlo Stanton (.195 WPA)
Goat of The Game: Garrett Jones (-.034 WPA)
Play of The Game: Giancarlo Stanton homered in the first to give the Marlins a 3-0 lead. (.194 WPA)