Sep 20, 2015, 10:30 AM EDT
The Nationals enter Sunday with a chance to take three of four against the Marlins and make it seven wins in their last eight overall.
Stephen Strasburg (9-7, 3.98) will look to follow strong outings from Max Scherzer and Jordan Zimmermann. Strasburg had perhaps the best start of his career his last time out, eight shutout innings with 14 strikeouts and only one hit allowed against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Strasburg has quality starts in five of his last six appearances. The lone outlier was a game against the Marlins when he allowed four runs on seven hits in four innings. The Nationals were able to overcome that performance to earn the win on Aug. 30.
Lefty Justin Nicolino (3-3, 3.81) will pitch for Miami. He gave up three runs on six hits, two of them homers, in his last game against the New York Mets.
Updates to come, so please check back…
MIAMI MARLINS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 185/854
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 75 degrees, Wind 11 mph out to RF
CF Michael Taylor
3B Yunel Escobar
RF Bryce Harper
LF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
C Wilson Ramos
1B Tyler Moore
2B Trea Turner
RHP Stephen Strasburg
2B Dee Gordon
RF Ichiro Suzuki
LF Christian Yelich
1B Justin Bour
CF Marcell Ozuna
3B Derek Dietrich
SS Miguel Rojas
C Tomas Telis
LHP Justin Nicolino
HP Adam Hamari
1B Angel Hernandez
2B Chris Conroy
3B Ted Barrett (cc)
1:36 p.m. — We are underway on a perfect afternoon in Washington…
1:59 p.m. — The Nats find themselves up 3-0 in the first inning thanks to a few big hits off Nicolino by the middle of their order. Escobar started it all off with a walk and Harper followed that with a single to center field. Werth then doubled over Ozuna’s head in center to score both runners. Werth made it to third on a throw attempt home and scored on the next play when Desmond hit a sac fly. Desmond, by the way, turns 30 today. On to the second.
2:19 p.m. — The Marlins got one back in the second inning to make it a 3-1 game. Dietrich scored after leading off with a walk. He moved to second on a wild pitch and to third ona groundout by Rojas. The run came on a groundball by Telis to Desmond at short. It was a tough play and he got the throw in time, but it took a bounce before it got to Moore. Moore couldn’t scoop it, so Dietrich scored. The error went to Desmond.
2:36 p.m. — It is still 3-1 after three innings, though the Marlins got a man to third. That was Yelich, who got on with a two-out single and moved two bases on a single by Bour. Ozuna, however, then lined out to end the frame. The Nats went down 1-2-3. On to the fourth.
2:52 p.m. — It’s still 3-1 after four. The Marlins got Rojas on with one out, only to see a double play end the frame. The Nats then went down in order.
3:08 p.m. — The game remains at 3-1 after five innings. The Rams went down in order and the Nats couldn’t take advantage of a one-out single by Turner. On to the sixth.
3:46 p.m. — Well, that was an inning. The Nats added seven more runs in the sixth inning to make it 10-2. The Marlins got a second run in a solo homer by Ozuna in the top of the frame. But then the Nats went off as Ramos pushed one across with a sac fly, Moore hit a three-run bomb and Escobar notched a bases-clearing double. Strasburg will now go to the mound with an eight-run advantage.
4:13 p.m. — The Marlins cut the Nats lead to 10-3 in the top of the eighth on an RBI double by Ozuna. Matt Grace replaced Strasburg and allowed the run.
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