The Marlins out-hit the Nationals, 10-7. The Nationals had two errors, while the Marlins had zip. But the Nationals had more power than the Marlins, and that meant everything when it came down to the final score. A massive three-run home run set up the Nationals’ 6-4 win on Friday night.
Robert Dugger: 5 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR
Aníbal Sánchez: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
Trea Turner was the first player to reach home plate and this came in the third inning. Turner took Dugger into a full-count before hitting a solo shot into center field. Dugger's next three pitches were balls. It looked like trouble had just begun, but Dugger was able to get Adam Eaton to fly out, ending the inning.
Dugger ran into more trouble in the next inning. Juan Soto had an eight-pitch battle which he won by getting a walk. Howie Kendrick followed that up with a single to center field. Asdrubal Cabrera was the one to finish it off with a three-run home run on the first pitch he saw. Duggar was able to get the last two outs he needed to end the top of the fourth.
Miami continued to play resilient. A solo shot from Starlin Castro kept the offense going
Jeff Brigham replaced Dugger and pitched the sixth inning. He gave up three hits and a run in his one inning of relief. The Marlins again had an answer in the bottom of the inning. Neil Walker started things off with a walk. Castro moved Walker to third with a double. Isan Diaz picked up an RBI when he singled Walker home. Castro made it home off of a botched pick-off attempt from Wander Suero. The Marlins were able to bring down the Nats lead to one, but would never tie it.
Trea Turner hit his second home run of the night in the seventh inning. This time, it was off of reliever Ryne Stanek. The Marlins were able to get a man in scoring position in the next inning, but could not bring him home. That was the last time the Marlins really applied pressure to the Nationals.
Jordan Yamamoto will take on Stephen Strasburg Saturday at 6:10 ET.
Marlins vs Nationals box score (MLB.com)
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