The Miami Marlins and the Washington Nationals met for the fourth game in their series on Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park. It was Jose day for the Marlins, as Jose Fernandez was on the mound for Miami, while Joe Ross was on the hill for the Nationals. The scoreboard was empty until the top of the third, when things got messy for the Nationals.
With two runners on base, Martin Prado was safe on a fielding error by Stephen Drew. The error scored two for the Marlins, and they jumped out to a 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the fourth, the Nationals got on the board. Ryan Zimmerman hit an inside-the-park home run to right, and Washington cut the deficit to 2-1.
It was close then, but not for long. Giancarlo Stanton homered to right to give the Marlins a 3-1 cushion. Then, Jose sealed it, but not with his arm, it was with his bat! Fernandez singled to center, which scored Marcell Ozuna and J.T Realmuto. Miami then took the decisive 5-1 lead, and that would prove to be enough.
Miami would end up winning the game 5-1. They split the series with the Nationals, after winning the last two games of the series. Fernandez continued to dominate, as he mowed down 11 batters, while only giving up four hits. He got the win, while A.J. Ramos closed the game, earning the save.
Realmuto had a very good day at the plate, going 3-4. Ross went 5.2 innings for Washington, he struck out three and he gave up seven hits. Zimmerman went 2-4 for the Nationals. In return from his one game suspension, Bryce Harper went 0-3 with a walk. The Marlins outhit the Nationals, 9-7. The Marlins, (20-17), will kick off a three game series with the Philadelphia Phillies starting tomorrow at Citizens Bank Park.
Hero of the Game: Jose Fernandez (.235)
Goat of the Game: Joe Ross (-.258)
Play of the Game: Martin Prado reaches on error, J.T. Realmuto scores, Adeiny Hechavarria scores. (.190)