Hero Of The Game: Ricky Nolasco (.183 WPA)
Goat Of The Game: Jose Reyes (-0.74 WPA)
Play Of The Game: With two runners on a two outs in the top of the second inning, Ricky Nolasco hit a two-RBI double to give the Marlins a 3-0 lead. (.184 WPA)
Ricky Nolasco pitched the fourth shutout and ninth complete game of his career on Sunday afternoon in Washington D.C., as the Marlins defeated Edwin Jackson and the Nationals 8-0 to win the series.
With two outs in the second inning, Greg Dobbs and Donovan Solano both singled off of Jackson. Rob Brantly followed with an RBI single, and Ricky Nolasco hit a ball to center field that Bryce Harper didn't field cleanly because of the sun and brought in two more runs, making it 3-0.
Offensively, Miami struck again in the fourth. Donovan Solano led off the inning with a walk, and after advancing to third on a ground ball and a ball in the air, Bryan Petersen singled to drive him in. Justin Ruggiano then doubled, which allowed Petersen to score and increased the Marlins' lead to 5-0.
Nolasco continued to dominate the Nationals' lineup, and Miami crossed the plate once again in the fifth. Giancarlo Stanton and Greg Dobbs both singled in between a ground out, and Stanton scored on a Donovan Solano sacrifice fly that pushed the Marlins' lead to six runs.
Edwin Jackson was taken out of the game after the Solano sac fly, as he gave up six runs over 4 2/3 innings while walking and striking out a pair.
Giancarlo Stanton crushed a Christian Garcia pitch in the top of the seventh for his 33rd home run of the season, giving the Marlins a seven run lead heading into the bottom of the frame.
Carlos Lee added an RBI single off of Michael Gonzalez in the eighth, which gave the Marlins an eight run lead that Ricky Nolasco was able to hold on to.
Nolasco, in his nine innings, gave up four hits and no runs while walking a batter and striking out six. Sunday was the second time that Nolasco has shut out the first place Nationals.
Miami will look to continue to play well as they head to Philadelphia to play a three game series against the Phillies that begins on Monday night.