May 26: Marlins (27-25) 3, Nationals (25-26) 2
The Miami Marlins opened up a 3-0 lead and held on to beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 behind a solid start by Nathan Eovaldi. Giancarlo Stanton provided the big blow offensively with a two-run shot in the third.
Casey McGehee got the Fish on the board quickly as he singled home Stanton on a ground ball to left with two outs in the first. He fought off a 1-2 four-seamer from starter Tanner Roark.
In the third, Stanton came through with the game’s biggest hit. He followed a hit-by-pitch by Derek Dietrich with a two-run shot – his 15th of the year – to center field. Stanton jumped on a first-pitch slider from Roark to give Miami a 3-0 lead.
The Nationals threatened in the bottom half of the fourth when Wilson Ramos reached on a fielding error by Dietrich and moved Anthony Rendon to third with two outs. Unfortunately for them, Ian Desmond struck out swinging on three pitches to end the frame.
Washington finally broke through against Eovaldi in the sixth when Adam LaRoche belted a two-run shot to right to pull his team within a run. Following a Jayson Werht single with one out, LaRoche jumped on the first offering he received from Eovaldi for his sixth long ball of the year.
The Nationals couldn’t muster up any offense from there on as closer Steve Cishek came in to close the door with a 1-2-3 ninth frame. Cishek set down Ramos, Desmond and Kevin Frandsen on 14 pitches for his 11th save of the season.
Eovaldi earned his fourth win of the season with his 6.1 innings of work. He gave up just three hits, two earned runs and fanned five.
Relievers Mike Dunn, A.J. Ramos and Cishek combined for 2.2 innings of spotless baseball to finish things up.
On the other side, Roark got the tough loss as he tossed seven strong innings of five-hit ball himself. He gave up the three runs and struck out four.