Monday night, they did just that, pounding out 11 extra-base
hits, including three triples and two homers, to defeat the Miami
Marlins 9-2 at Marlins Park.
The 11 extra-base hits tied a Nationals franchise record set in
2012, and it helped extend the Marlins' losing streak to eight
"That was a tough weekend," Nationals manager Matt Williams said of
Washington's series at Atlanta. "But they (Washington's players)
came out today. They responded. They played hard — that's a good
Among the Nationals' 16 total hits was catcher Sandy Leon's first
career homer, a solo shot to right.
Nationals center fielder Bryce Harper went 3-for-4 with two doubles
and a triple.
"A lot of guys on the team are swinging well," Harper said. "When
everyone's swinging it, you want to swing it well and try to get
good ABs. It's contagious."
Right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (1-0), who was knocked out of the
game in the second inning in his previous start, also against Miami,
earned the win. He went seven innings Monday, allowing six hits, one
walk and two runs, striking out seven.
Zimmerman also got in on the offensive barrage, going 2-for-3 at the
Marlins left-hander Brad Hand (0-1) took the loss, allowing eight
hits and five runs in three innings.
"I was leaving too many balls up in the zone — that's what hurt
me," Hand said. "I thought I made some good pitches, but I made some
bad pitches as well.
"It's very frustrating. I tried to go out there and get a win, but I
made too many mistakes."
Miami, which never led, cut Washington's lead to 5-2 with a
line-drive solo homer to right by first baseman Garrett Jones. But
Washington put the game out of reach with its four-run seventh
inning, which included Leon's homer.
The three-game series continues on Tuesday, when the Nationals (8-5)
will start right-hander Stephen Strasburg, who leads the majors with
14.82 strikeouts per nine innings. The Marlins (5-9) will counter
with right-hander Tom Koehler.
Washington opened the scoring in the first inning when right fielder
Jayson Werth doubled off the top of the wall in left-center — inches away from a homer — and Harper drove him in with a triple to
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Giancarlo Stanton nearly tied the score in the bottom of the first.
The Marlins right fielder stroked a two-out double off the wall in
left-center, missing a homer by two feet. He was stranded when Jones
Washington added three runs in the second on a solo homer by first
baseman Tyler Moore that bounced off the top of the fence in right
field, then a two-run double to left by third baseman Anthony
Miami scored in the bottom of the second when catcher Jarrod
Saltalamacchia hit a ground-rule double to right-center, and left
fielder Reed Johnson drove him in with a single.
Washington increased its lead to 5-1 in the third when shortstop Ian
Desmond singled and second baseman Danny Espinosa tripled to
Marlins manager Mike Redmond said he is not sure if Hand will retain
his spot in the rotation, but he knows for certain that his starters
have to do a better job.
"Pitching is the key," Redmond said. "We have to be able to hold
them down and give our offense a chance.
"We got down early and just never could recover. It's tough to cover
those innings when you only get three out of the starter. It puts
pressure on your bullpen."
NOTES: Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman, placed on the disabled list
Sunday due to a fractured right thumb, hated to miss the Marlins
series. He has 23 career homers vs. Miami — his highest total
against any opponent. ... Marlins 2B Derek Dietrich, who missed the
previous three games due to back spasms, was in Monday's lineup. ...
Rafael Furcal, expected to be the Marlins' starter at second base,
is at least two weeks from returning due to a strained left
hamstring. ... Marlins CF Marcell Ozuna (foot) missed Monday's
start. LF Christian Yelich shifted to center, and Reed Johnson
started in left.
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