Nats take down Marlin 2-1

Updated: August 28, 2013

The Washington Nationals may very well be out of the playoff hunt.  However, they certainly are not playing that way.  Kicking off a six game home stand, the Nationals defeated the Miami Marlins for the sixth win in their last seven games.

Ross Ohlendorf (3-0) tossed 5 innings, scattering just 3 hits and 1 run to lead the Nats tot he win.  Ohlendorf notched his third win in fours starts.  Overall, he lowered his season ERA to 2.49.  Tanner Roark, Drew Storen, Tyler Clippard, and Rafael Soriano combined for four shutout innings of relief, allowing a combined 1 hit on 6 strikeouts.  Soriano notched his 34th save of the season.

Offensively, Jayson Werth grounded out in the first inning that resulted in Ryan Zimmerman crossing the plate to give the Nats an early 1-0 lead.  Ian Desmond would later single in Washington’s only other run, enough to seal the win.

The Nats win was their sixth in their last seven games and improved their overall record to 66-65.  The win moved Washington to 8 games back in the NL Wild Card race.  They remaain 13 games back from Atlanta in the National League East.