In the midst of a five game losing streak, the Miami Marlins refused to let the numbers defeat them on Friday night.
Despite the fact that Washington ace Steven Strasburg has had success against the Marlins lineup in his young career, Miami knocked the young right-hander around early in an 8-3 victory over the rival Nationals.
Marlins outscore Nats in First Inning
Miami starter Nathan Eovaldi struggled early in his first start against the Nationals. Denard Span led off the game with a walk, Ian Desmond singled, and Bryce Harper walked to load the bases with nobody out. Eovaldi was able to strike Ryan Zimmerman out before Adam LaRoche doubled and Jayson Werth contributed with an RBI ground out to give Washington an early 3-0 edge.
Though he has had success against Miami, Strasburg's inability to throw strikes on Friday led to five early Marlins runs.
Three of Miami's first four batters walked before a bases clearing triple off the bat of center fielder Marcell Ozuna and RBI singles by second baseman Derek Dietrich, Adeiny Hechavarria, and Eovaldi which gave Miami a 4-3 advantage.
With his first inning single, Hechavarria extended his hitting streak to a career best 11 games.
Friday also marked the first time in Strasburg's major league career that he gave up five runs in an inning. He was pulled after just two innings during which he gave up seven earned runs and four walks while only striking out two.
Giancarlo Stanton goes yard
Manager Mike Redmond on Thursday night stressed the importance of patience at the plate. Right fielder Giancarlo Stanton got the memo.
After Ed Lucas drew a walk off of Strasburg, Stanton hit a two-run opposite field home run, his ninth on the season. Stanton struck out twice, with his batting average sitting at .246.
Eovaldi posts quality start
Unlike his counterpart, Eovaldi was able to settle into the game. Over his six innings, he limited the Nationals to just the three first inning runs while walking four and striking out five Nationals.
Mike Dunn, Ryan Webb and Chad Qualls provided two innings of scoreless relief for the Marlins.
Lineup change pays off
Redmond has gone with several different lineups throughout the course of the season, and the one he used on Friday proved to pay off.
Miami has been successful with Ed Lucas batting second, and Justin Ruggiano has shown he can get on base if given the opportunity to lead off.