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MLB Scores: Miami Marlins 0, Washington Nationals 1

The Marlins ended up on the wrong end of a pitching duel in the last game of a home series with the Nationals.

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Despite going six innings strong, Haren was not able to come through with a victory in a rubber match against Washington. He gave up a single earned run off of four hits. The one run was his only mistake of day - Haren left a pitch hanging, leading Ryan Zimmerman to crush the 2-2 pitch into the left center outfield bleachers for a solo home run. Max Scherzer was also lights out, but he did not seem to be giving up any mistakes, going seven innings strong, giving up a mere three hits, while fanning six.

Offensive production was sparse in Thursday's game, with only eight hits combined from the two ball clubs. Threats were nonexistent, as many of the hits came away from each other.

In the top of the first, with two outs, Bryce Harper hit a double to right, which figured to start something for the Nationals. However, Haren was able to get Clint Robinson to ground out softly to end the inning with a runner left on base.

The bottom of the first also included a two-out hit, with Christian Yelich singling to center, nearly losing his helmet in the process:

However, that would be the last Marlin hit until the fourth inning.

In the second, Dan Haren's lone mistake cost his team greatly. Ryan Zimmerman hit a lead off solo homer to left, giving Washington a 1-0 lead. Fortunately, despite a Michael Taylor two-out single, Haren was able to get through the inning.

Christian Yelich would single again in the fourth inning, but he would be stranded on first again, as Miami could not figure out Max Scherzer.

Dan Haren's last inning would be the sixth, where he gave up a two-out double to Ryan Zimmerman. He was able to strike out the next batter to the plate, Ian Desmond, to end the inning. Haren would then be taken out, as Bryan Morris took over in the seventh inning.

Both bullpens were successful in the remainder of this contest. The Marlins would use Mike Dunn and A.J. Ramos to finish the game, while the Nationals used Drew Storen and newly acquired Jonathan Papelbon, who was able to record his 18th save of the year, his first as a National. There was only one more hit given up after the starting pitchers exited the game, leading to Washington taking the last game of the series at Marlins Park.


Source: FanGraphs