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MLB Scores: Marlins 5, Nationals 7

Despite out-hitting the Nationals, the Marlins fall short, thanks to Bryce Harper's trio of homers.

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Even with the Marlins' bats staying active throughout the game, the pitching was not able to hold any leads. The pitching collapse led to a 7-5 loss at the hands of the Nationals on Wednesday.

Miami opened the scoring in the top of the second with both Ichiro and Adeiny Hechavarria driving in a run, to make it a 2-0 score. The scoring was set up by a Justin Bour single, and a J.T. Realmuto double. In the bottom of the second, Harper hit his first of three home runs on the day, this one a solo shot of starting pitcher Tom Koehler.

Koehler gave up three runs in the bottom of the third, allowing Denard Span home on a Yunel Escobar sacrifice fly, and another Bryce Harper home run, this time, a two-run homer.

Trouble rose again in the bottom of the fifth inning for Koehler, when he gave up his third home run on the day, to Bryce Harper, AGAIN (it must be the hair). Harper managed three home runs on his first three at-bats of the game. Koehler would last through six innings, striking out five, giving up five earned runs off seven hits.

Sam Dyson would come in relief in the seventh inning, only to give up two runs. Yunel Escobar and Bryce Harper would each drive in a run, extending their lead to 7-2.

In the top of the eighth, the Miami bats woke up, with Giancarlo Stanton clobbering a deep three-run homer, driving in Dee Gordon and Martin Prado. However, the Marlins couldn't muster any more runs, resulting in a 7-5 defeat.

The pitching staff gave up 12 total hits, while the offense was able to come up with 13, although they could not capitalize with RISP, leaving 17 men on base.

Source: FanGraphs

Attendance: 31,417

Hero of the game: Bryce Harper (+.386 WPA)

Goat of the game: Tom Koehler (-.355 WPA)

Play(s) of the game: Bryce Harper's three home runs off of Tom Koehler.