The Miami Marlins have an opportunity to head into the All-Star
break riding their longest winning stretch in more than year.
Looking to win four in a row, the Marlins try to complete a home
series sweep of the underachieving Washington Nationals on
Giancarlo Stanton hit a tying homer in the ninth inning and Ed
Lucas beat out a potential double play at first base in the 10th to
give Miami (35-57) a 2-1 win over Washington on Saturday.
”That’s a double play in April,” Miami manager Mike Redmond
said. ”To win that thing on a fielder’s choice, and a lot of good
at-bats… it wasn’t a thing of beauty, but I’ll take it.”
The Marlins have followed a five-game skid with their fifth
three-game win streak this season. A winner in 19 of 32, Miami last
won four straight games June 27-July 1, 2012.
It’s only other sweep of at least three games this season came
against the New York Mets at home May 31-June 2.
Washington (47-47), meanwhile, is 1-5 on a seven-game trip and
trying to avoid being swept on the road for the first time since
Sept. 14-16 at Atlanta. The Nationals were also swept at Miami last
Stanton has homered in consecutive games after hitting one in
his previous 21 contests.
“I figured he wasn’t going to throw a strike – which that
wasn’t,” Stanton said of the tying shot. “I just saw fastball and
reacted to it.”
Miami’s Henderson Alvarez (0-1, 5.73 ERA) will make his third
straight start since he missed the first three months with shoulder
inflammation. He allowed five runs and walked four in six innings
of a 6-4 loss Tuesday in his second straight outing versus
“He came out in that first inning and he was lights-out,”
catcher Rob Brantly told the Marlins’ official website. “He was
competing and getting ahead in counts, making all his pitches,
quality pitches. After that, I think we started nitpicking the zone
too much. We started getting in hitters’ counts.
“As long as we keep them on the defensive, I think we’ll be all
Pitching for Toronto last year, the right-hander gave up four
runs on three homers, including one to Bryce Harper, in seven
innings of a 4-2 loss against Washington.
The reigning NL East champion Nationals have averaged 2.3 runs
on the current trip to continue their disappointing season of
Harper went 0 for 3 and scored the lone run Saturday, but was
ejected for arguing a called third strike in the eighth.
“You can’t do that,” manager Davey Johnson said. “Take it out
on the pitcher. You can’t take the frustration out on the
Harper will start Tuesday’s All-Star game, but is 2 for 18 with
six strikeouts in five games and hitting .196 (9 for 46) with one
homer and six RBIs in July.
Washington’s Taylor Jordan (0-2, 3.45) tries a third time to
earn his first major league victory Sunday. The right-hander
allowed four runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings of a 4-2 loss at
Philadelphia on Tuesday.