Miami had some chances early on, but their offence fell flat in a 2-1 loss Saturday.
The Fish challenged Nats starter Tanner Roark early on, putting two men on base in each of the first three innings. But Roark was able to escape, stranding all six runners early on, and surrendering only one hit for the remainder of his 5 2/3-inning start.
That hit came in the top of the sixth. After Christian Yelich walked and stole second, Chris Johnson knocked a single to right for the RBI.
For his part, Wei-Yin Chen went five innings and threw 80 pitches, his longest start since returning from the DL
Chen was hit hard early on. After Trea Turner lead off the bottom of the first with a single—and moved to second on a sharp Michael Taylor comebacker—Bryce Harper singled home his 86th RBI of the season.
Turner added some more damage in the fifth, when he pulled his 13th home run of the season. Chen gave up six hits over his five innings, and although he didn’t look sharp he struck out six in his best start since his DL stint.
Mark Melancon pitched a four-out save for his 46th of the season, although by that point in the game Washington had already clinched home field advantage in the NLDS with a Dodger loss.
With their loss, the Marlins clinched their seventh-straight season with a below .500 record. However, this is the team’s best record since the 2010 season.
Player of the game: Mark Melancon (0.21 WPA)
Goat of the game: Justin Bour (-0.19)
Play of the game: Chris Johnson RBI single (1.20)