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Nats 13, Marlins 3: Nats ride huge 6th inning to win

Sep 20, 2015, 4:33 PM EDT

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GAME IN A NUTSHELL: In order to avoid elimination and make something of their 2015 season, the Nationals will need a lot of help from the opponents left on the Mets’ schedule. But there is no question the Nats are holding up their end of the bargain.

The Nationals took care of the Marlins on Sunday afternoon by the score of 13-3 to win their second consecutive series, this one by winning three of four games. They have now won three straight and seven of their last eight overall.

Stephen Strasburg again led the charge in this one to continue his recent run of impressive pitching. He finished with two runs allowed (1 ER) across seven innings with 10 strikeouts and only one walk.

The Nationals jumped out to an early lead with three runs in the first inning. Jayson Werth came through with a two-RBI double and Ian Desmond added another run on a sac fly.

The Nats plated seven more runs in the sixth inning. The first came on a sac fly by Wilson Ramos and the next three on a home run by Tyler Moore, his second homer in as many days. Yunel Escobar got them three more on a bases-clearing double with two outs.

The Nats added three more runs in the eighth. The first was one on Escobar’s fourth hit of the day. He brought home Pedro Severino, who doubled in his first MLB plate appearance.

The other two scores came on a single to right field by Matt den Dekker. He brought home Escobar and Bryce Harper. The Nats scored 13 runs for the sixth time this season.

With the win, the Nationals moved to 78-71 on the year. The Mets – who entered the day up seven games in the division – play at 8 p.m. against the Yankees.

HITTING HIGHLIGHT: The Nats’ offense wasted no time giving Strasburg a lead to work with, as they scored three runs in the first inning. But it was their sixth inning explosion for seven runs that deserves this honor.

Escobar and Harper led off with singles. Desmond then walked one at-bat later to load the bases. Ramos brought Escobar home with a sac fly before Moore belted his three-run bomb to left field.

The Nats would load the bases again as Trea Turner walked, Strasburg singled and Michael Taylor walked. Escobar then came up again and ripped a double to right-center to add three more runs.

Escobar finished with four hits on the game, notching his 13th outing of three hits or more in 130 appearances this season. It was the fourth time he’s had four hits or more. Harper also had three hits and a walk for his 12th three-hit game in 142 total outings.

PITCHING HIGHLIGHT: Strasburg was sharp coming off his one of the best outings of his career and allowed only two runs. The first was on a throwing error charged to Desmond in the second inning and went down as unearned. The second score was a solo homer hit by Ozuna in the top of the sixth.

Aside from those moments, Strasburg was terrific. He scattered six hits across seven innings with 10 strikeouts, one walk and two runs allowed (1 ER). The right-hander is now 10-7 on the season with a 3.81 ERA.

Strasburg finished with double digit strikeouts for the third consecutive game. During that stretch, Strasburg has 37 strikeouts to only three walks. Is that good? I think it is. It’s actually a new Nats record for strikeouts in a three-game span.

KEY STAT: The Nats closed their season series with the Marlins with a 10-9 advantage in games and a 75-62 mark in runs scored.

UP NEXT: The Nats continue their homestand by hosting the Baltimore Orioles for three games. They begin on Monday at 7:05 p.m. with Gio Gonzalez (11-7, 3.83) and Ubaldo Jimenez (11-9, 4.31) set to start.

  1. hersheyman - Sep 20, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    If the Nats can sweep the Orioles, I predict they’ll win the division.

    • ccallahan15 - Sep 20, 2015 at 5:58 PM

      If the Yankees win tonight…

      • hersheyman - Sep 20, 2015 at 5:59 PM

        I should have added that to my prediction. The Yanks HAVE to win tonite for there to be a chance.

      • hersheyman - Sep 20, 2015 at 6:02 PM

        If they sweep the Orioles and win 8 of their last 10 after that, they are gonna at least tie the Mets for a 1-game playoff. The Mets young starters, great as they are, are not holding up, inclding Harvey tonite.

    • edgs3rd1978 - Sep 20, 2015 at 8:02 PM

      That’s cute. Nice to see you go down with the ship though…not like those other bandwagon fans.

      Good on ya kid

      • voice4thefans - Sep 20, 2015 at 8:21 PM

        I am a Nat’s fan and their chances of making the playoff is slim and none and slim just walk out of the door

  2. dryw4nats - Sep 20, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Thoughts on today….

    What does Danny have to do to get into a game? If not a start, at least a late-inning defensive substitution?

    Was anyone else amused by how close on Yuni’s heels Bryce was the two times they both scored on the same hit? Along with that, does anyone wonder how many RBI Bryce would have if Yuni had just a wee little bit of speed in him?

    Could anyone listening on tv or radio hear the birthday serenade of Ian in the….I think eighth inning?

    Winning is, like, so much more fun than losing!

    • NIWatcher - Sep 20, 2015 at 5:48 PM

      MW said in his post-game presser that Espi suffered a little hammy in Philadelphia.

      • dryw4nats - Sep 20, 2015 at 6:08 PM

        Thanks!

      • Dave - Sep 21, 2015 at 7:13 AM

        When asked by a reporter which hamstring it was, MW said, “one of them.”

        Hammy indeed.

    • Section 222 - Sep 20, 2015 at 10:45 PM

      Seems like an odd day to be critical of Esco, seeing as he was 4 for 4 with a walk, 3 runs, and 4 RBIs… Plus, not to argue that Esco is fast, but a guy scoring all the way from 1st is often right on the heels of a guy scoring from 2nd on an extra base hit. Esco doesn’t expend any unnecessary, that’s for sure.

  3. Candide - Sep 20, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    My nephew, Dave Hodges, walked out to home plate with Randy Knorr to exchange the lineups today. Was part of his pre-wedding bachelor party.

    I hate him so very, very much.

    • ArVAFan - Sep 20, 2015 at 5:55 PM

      +1

    • trfwans - Sep 20, 2015 at 6:00 PM

      Why? Because he didn’t give Angel Hernandez the what for?

  4. knoxvillenat - Sep 20, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    From the game thread:

    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.

    Come on Chase, “……The RAMS (caps my doing) went down in order…….”

    Really, what game were you watching?

    • unkyd59 - Sep 20, 2015 at 6:43 PM

      That’s…..just embarrassing…. Seriously…..

    • ArVAFan - Sep 20, 2015 at 8:01 PM

      But the score was a football score by the end!

    • natsfan1a - Sep 20, 2015 at 8:18 PM

      I figured it was auto-correct.

      On a game note, was out all day and much of the evening, but look forward to watching the game, which I recorded, at some point tomorrow. Did check the score on my not-that-smart phone a few times this afternoon. I was all “what the heck” in the late innings, as you can imagine. 🙂

  5. janebeard - Sep 20, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    We beat the Marlins over the course of a year! I remember when they used to just kill us. No matter what. I’m glad we’ve fixed that.

    It was so great to be there for Severino’s debut. The kid is a catcher and looks to be a threat to steal. I think the crowd cheered louder for his double that they did for the home run.

    May the Yankees turn on all the afterburners sometime very soon.

    • Drew - Sep 20, 2015 at 10:15 PM

      Go Yanks! Beat those bleating, preening Mets!

      • Eugene in Oregon - Sep 20, 2015 at 10:33 PM

        +1

    • Section 222 - Sep 20, 2015 at 11:22 PM

      I remember those days jane. The Fish had our number for sure. Turnabout’s sweet, isn’t it?

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