Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Nats still fall short

WASHINGTON—The Washington Nationals broke out of their recent hitting slump last night against the Miami Marlins—rallying from an early 4-0 deficit and finishing with 15 hits.
They still came up short.

Casey McGehee’s fourth hit of the game drove in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning, and Reed Johnson doubled home two more as the Marlins defeated the Nationals 8-5 to sweep the rain-shortened two-game series.
“This is just a test for us; to see where we’re at mentally, see how bad we want to grind our way out of it and get back in this division,” first baseman Adam LaRoche said after Washington lost for just the second time when scoring four or more runs.
“It could always be worse.”
Washington, which now has lost six of seven, had rallied from a 4-0 third-inning deficit to tie the game in the seventh.
They loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth but failed to score as Mike Dunn retired Anthony Rendon, Jayson Werth, and LaRoche.
Ed Lucas singled off Jerry Blevins (2-2) to open the 10th and Christian Yelich walked. After Derek Dietrich bunted the runners over, the Nationals intentionally walked Giancarlo Stanton.
McGehee then lined a single off the base of the wall in left on a slider from Aaron Barrett, scoring Lucas..
Johnson then doubled home Yelich and Stanton to make it 7-4 before Donovan Solano singled home the eighth run.
Kevin Slowey (1-0) worked one inning for the win.
Wilson Ramos, who went 3-for-6, hit a solo homer to tie the game in the seventh.
Nate McLouth tied a career high with four hits.
Miami starter Henderson Alvarez blanked Washington for five innings. He led 4-0, but left with elbow stiffness and the Nationals rallied against Miami’s bullpen.
Jordan Zimmermann, meanwhile, struggled for the fourth-straight game, allowing four runs (three earned) and eight hits over five innings.
In his past four starts, he has given up 15 earned runs in 22 2/3 innings and his ERA has risen from 2.92 to 4.07.
Elsewhere in the NL, New York beat Pittsburgh 5-0, San Francisco blanked Chicago 5-0, Philadelphia doubled Colorado 6-3, Arizona dumped San Diego 12-6, and Cincinnati edged L.A. 3-2.
In interleague play, Boston blanked Atlanta 4-0, Milwaukee dumped Baltimore 8-3, and the N.Y. Yankees beat St. Louis 7-4.

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