José Ureña pitched effectively, holding Washington to two runs in seven innings of work, tossing 80 pitches.
Max Scherzer, the three-time Cy Young Award winner and six-time All-Star, took the hill Monday afternoon. The Marlins jumped on Scherzer in the third, as Neil Walker drove home Garrett Cooper, giving the Marlins a 1-0 advantage. He totaled three hits in the game.
The Nationals countered in the fifth. Ureña surrendered two runs on two hits, including a Scherzer RBI single to right.
Scherzer held the Marlins in check, allowing just one run in six innings, but due to his pitch count swelling to 103, his day came to a close early that Washington would’ve liked. Holding to a 2-1 lead, their bullpen—which has struggled heavily all season—coughed up a run in the seventh to the Marlins, as Harold Ramírez brought home Miguel Rojas.
Ureña’s hustle played a role in setting up that scoring opportunity.
José Ureña, who's arguably the worst hitting pitcher in MLB history, with perhaps the biggest play of the game. Gets down the sac bunt in the 7th, hustles enough to force a Nats error. Marlins manufactured game-tying run without getting another hit in the inning. pic.twitter.com/2KqA4FKl9W— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) May 27, 2019
In the home half of the eighth, the Nationals had the bases loaded with two down, but reliever Adam Conley retired Juan Soto. Sergio Romo pitched a perfect ninth inning to seal his tenth save of the season.
The Marlins were victorious Monday despite finishing 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
At 17-34, the Marlins closed the seven-game road trip at 4-3. After sweeping the Detroit Tigers to open, Miami fell to Washington Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
The Marlins will now return home to host the San Francisco Giants. Two righties will open the series on Tuesday, as Trevor Richards—seeking his second victory of the season—will counter Jeff Samardzija. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET.
FINAL-— Brandon Liguori (@BrandonRLiguori) May 27, 2019
Marlins avoid four-games sweep, knock down the Nationals on Memorial Day.
W: Jose Urena (3-6)
L: Kyle Barraclough (1-2)
S: Sergio Romo (10)
Miami (17-34): 3 | 9 | 0
Washington (22-32): 2 | 5 | 2@fishstripes
Marlins vs. Nationals box score (Baseball Theater)
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