The Marlins and Nationals had a back and forth game Saturday night. Starlin Castro and Anthony Rendon led each team with three hits and three runs batted in. Elieser Hernández ran into trouble early, but settled in mid-game. The Fish had some ninth inning heroics, but were matched in the bottom of the ninth by the Nats.
Elieser Hernández: 6 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR
Aníbal Sánchez: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 1 HR
Harold Ramirez started up the offense for the Fish with a solo shot to left-center field. The one run lead would only last until the bottom of the first. The Nats started their half inning with three straight singles. The Nats battled hard against Hernández and jumped on most pitches in the zone. Two runs were scored in the first and a third run was scored in the second.
The Fish began to chip away at the Nats lead in the fourth inning. Lewis Brinson lead off with a ground-rule double. Austin Dean drew a walk next and Jon Berti grounded out, scoring Brinson in the process and cutting the lead down to one run.
Hernández final inning of work consisted of giving up one more run to the Nats. His final line would be four earned runs over six innings.
The Fish scored another two runs in the seventh inning. Three singles and two walks was all it took to make it 4-4. The Nats made sure to regain the lead quickly in the next half inning. One run off of reliever Kyle Keller made it 5-4 Nats.
The Fish went into the ninth down one and came out of it up one run. They got this done with a two-run home run by Starlin Castro.
The Marlins with the lead finally back in their possession only had to hold it for three outs. Ryne Stanek was tasked with this job, but could not get it done. The Nats rallied in the ninth with two singles and a walk. Rendon hit the walk-off single to finish things up.
Pablo López will take on Stephen Strasburg at 7:05 ET.
Marlins vs Nationals box score (MLB.com).
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