Nats down Marlins 6-4
After a shaky start by Stephen Strasburg, he settled down to throw 6 innings and allowing 4 runs to earn the win for the Nats. Strasburg fanned 7 to improve his season record to 7-9.
Wilson Ramos started the scoring off in the second inning with a solo home run, his 11 of the season. It was the first of 3 hits on the day for Ramos, who also scored 3 runs and drove in 2. Strasburg got into trouble in the bottom of the second inning, facing 7 batters and getting called for 2 balks while issuing 2 walks. Strasburg’s two balks led to two Marlins runs to give the Marlins a 2-1 lead.
Ryan Zimmerman tied the game in the third inning with his 20th home run of the season. Washington would take the lead in the same inning on an RBI double by Ian Desmond that scored Jayson Werth.
Ramos added his second RBI of the game with an RBI single in the fifth inning to give the Nats a 4-2 lead. Anthony Rendon would follow with an RBI triple that scored Ramos. Desmond added another RBI in the sixth inning with his 3rd triple of the season. Desmond had a 3 for 5 day with a run scored and 2 RBI.
Drew Storen, Tyler Clippard, and Rafael Soriano combined for three shutout innings of relief work as Soriano picked up his 39th save. In total, Nationals pitching fanned 11 Marlins.
Washington improved to 73-69 on the season and moved to within 7.5 games of the wild card. The Reds, who lead the wild card chase, play tonight at 8PM.