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MLB Scores: Miami Marlins 7, Washington Nationals 6

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The Miami Marlins win their fifth straight game, and in wild walk-off fashion, as the Fish come back from down 6-0 to win the game with four runs in the ninth. Jeff Baker provides the game-winner.

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The Miami Marlins did not get a good performance from Nathan Eovaldi, who only struck out three batters while walking two and giving up five runs in the process. Eovaldi struggled and allowed a multitude of baserunners in the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals. Four of the first five baserunners reached against Eovaldi in the sixth, and that led to Mike Redmond pulling Eovaldi in favor of Dan Jennings. With one out, Jennings allowed four runners to score, in part due to a critical Adeiny Hechavarria error. With the bases loaded, Bryce Harper hit a hard shot up the middle, and Hechavarria ranged over to get a glove on a ball that could have easily been ticketed to center field. But on the transition to his throwing hand, with which he was going to flip the ball to second, he dropped it and allowed the run to score with no out recorded. A walk and a single later and the Nationals were up 6-0.

The Marlins continued their struggles against Jordan Zimmermann in the meantime. The Nats starter posted a fantastic game, striking out six in seven innings with only one walk and two runs allowed. He looked unbeatable until the seventh, when Garrett Jones tripled to drive in Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna then brought Jones home with a single.

At that point, the Marlins' odds of winning against an evenly-matched team were at 3.6 percent. But the Fish found themselves with a chance in the eighth and ninth innings. Hechavarria singled to lead things off and found himself on third with one out when Jeff Baker drove him in to cut the lead to 6-3.

The ninth inning turned out to be the decisive one. At the start, the Fish had a three percent chance to win, and that must have been worse facing down Rafael Soriano. Casey McGehee walked and Jones delivered a double to put runners on second and third. Ozuna tacked on a run with an RBI single. Jarrod Saltalamacchia sacrificed home another run with a fly ball. Hechavarria took to the plate and earned a 2-0 count before facing 2-2 pitches that he fouled off. Finally, after five foul balls and a full count, Hechavarria delivered an RBI triple to tie the game and leave the winning run desperately close to scoring. Two batters later, Jeff Baker drove a shot past the drawn-in outfield with two outs and delivered the walk-off win for Miami.


Source: FanGraphs

Attendance: 20,027
Hero of the Game: Adeiny Hechavarria (0.556 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Christian Yelich (-0.197 WPA)
Play of the Game: Adeiny Hechavarria tripled in the ninth inning. Marcell Ozuna scored. (+0.564 WPA)