In their first road game since the passing of Jose Fernandez, the Miami Marlins played exactly how Fernandez would want them to play. Miami had a big day at the plate, as they defeated the Washington Nationals, 7-4. Washington honored Fernandez by putting his number 16 on the mound, his jersey in the dugout, and with a pre-game video montage.
Washington remains two games ahead of the Dodgers for home-field advantage in the NLDS. The game started about an hour and a half later than expected because of rain, but that didn’t seem to impact the Marlins bats. Justin Bour got things started in the second inning, when the Virginia native scored Christian Yelich on an RBI single. Adeiny Hechavarria would add to the lead later in the inning, when he singled home Marcell Ozuna, giving the Marlins a 2-0 lead.
Miami would tack on two more runs in the next inning after Yelich and Bour both contributed with RBI hits. Washington would climb all the way back in the fourth inning, starting with back-to-back homers from Anthony Rendon and Stephen Drew. Jose Lobaton cut the deficit to one run when he doubled home Clint Robinson. Rookie Trea Turner would tie the game at four after he scored Lobaton on an RBI double.
Two innings later, Dee Gordon’s speed helped the Marlins take back the lead. Gordon beat out Danny Espinosa’s throw to first as Gordon’s infield single scored Bour, putting the Marlins up 5-4. In the next inning, Yelich continued his spectacular season when he hit his 21st homer of the season, giving the Marlins a two-run advantage. Miami would pad its lead in the ninth inning when Ozuna singled home Miguel Rojas, giving the Marlins a 7-4 lead. Mike Dunn was credited with the win, while Sammy Solis was responsible for the loss.
Dunn was one of the five relievers Miami used in the win. A.J. Ramos picked up his 40th save of the season, which marks the fifth time in franchise the history that a pitcher reached 40 saves. The last one to accomplish that feat was Todd Jones in 2005. Andrew Cashner was on the bump for Miami, and he allowed four runs and seven hits in four innings pitched.
A.J. Cole was on the mound for Washington, as he survived just three innings before getting pulled. Cole allowed two runs and six hits. Bryce Harper returned to the lineup for Washington, and he was silenced by Miami, as he struck out in all four at-bats. These two teams will meet again today at 4:05 p.m., as Wei-Yin Chen will be on the mound for Miami.
Hero of the Game: Christian Yelich (.210)
Goat of the Game: A.J. Cole (-.250)
Play of the Game: Dee Gordon singles to shortstop, Justin Bour scores (.160)