Washington Nationals vs. Miami Marlins

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6
MIA
7
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WAS 1 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 6 9 0
MIA 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 4 7 10 1

Jeff Baker capped off a four-run rally in the ninth with a walkoff single, giving the Marlins their fifth win in a row.

0:56 | July 28, 2014 | Baseball, Miami Marlins, MLB, Washington Nationals

Game Information
Location: Marlins Park, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 20,027

MIAMI (AP) The Miami Marlins mounted an improbable rally Monday against first-place Washington, and they're thinking they can come from behind in the NL East standings, too.

Jeff Baker hit a two-out RBI single to cap a four-run ninth inning for the Marlins, who extended their winning streak to five games by beating the Nationals 7-6.

Miami won after trailing 6-0 with two out in the seventh. Washington's Rafael Soriano (2-1), who earned his 200th career save Sunday, took the mound in the ninth with a 6-3 lead and blew a save for the fourth time this season.

The Marlins were coming off best seven-game trip in franchise history, a six-victory swing that put them back into the playoff picture. They now trail Washington by six games.

"At this stage, that's got to be the biggest game of the year - right? - with where we are in the standings, and where we've got to go," manager Mike Redmond said. "These guys understand that."

The one-run victory was the 25th for Miami, most in the majors.

Casey McGehee led off the ninth with a four-pitch walk, Garrett Jones doubled and Marcell Ozuna hit an RBI single. Jarrod Saltalamacchia's sacrifice fly made it 6-5, and Adeiny Hechavarria ended an 11-pitch at-bat with an RBI triple to tie the game.

Left-hander Jerry Blevins replaced Soriano, and after a strikeout, Baker lined a hit over left fielder Bryce Harper that struck the base of the fence. Baker applauded the group effort in the comeback.

"We're not going to be able to rely on just one or two guys all year, and we know that," Baker said. "Guys collectively are trying to pull their end of the rope. Tonight was a case where everyone contributed."

Baker drove in two runs after entering the game in the eighth inning and extended his hitting streak to 11 games. Soriano's ERA rose from 1.10 to 1.96.

"Bad day for me," Soriano said. "Every pitch that I threw, I had no command. Everything that I tried to throw didn't work."

Jordan Zimmermann allowed two runs in seven innings and was in line for his first victory this month until the bullpen allowed five runs.

"No one's perfect," Zimmermann said. "These guys are going to have bad games. They've been picking me up all year. You're going to have a bad game from time to time."

Miami starter Nathan Eovaldi allowed six runs, five earned, in 5 1-3 innings. He watched from the dugout as the Marlins rallied to take him off the hook for a loss.

"An amazing win," Eovaldi said. "It was awesome - keeps the streak going."

TRAINER'S ROOM

The Nationals' Jayson Werth twisted his right ankle when his foot came down awkwardly at second base while trying unsuccessfully to stretch a single into a double in the seventh inning. He was replaced in right field in the bottom of the inning by Nate McLouth but said he expected to play Tuesday.

ON DECK

Stephen Strasburg (7-8, 3.67 ERA) is scheduled to start Tuesday for the Nationals against Henderson Alvarez (7-5, 2.62). Strasburg is 1-6 on the road with a 5.09 ERA, and he has a career ERA of 8.61 with a 2-3 record in five starts at Marlins Park.

PREGAME MOVE

The Marlins recalled OF Jake Marisnick from Triple-A New Orleans and optioned catcher J.T. Realmuto to Double-A Jacksonville. Marisnick hit .330 with four homers in 20 games this month for the Zephyrs.

MARLIN GOES SPLAT

The Marlins were still laughing Monday about a dugout pratfall in Houston before Sunday's game by right-hander Tom Koehler.

Koehler attempted a dunk move by grabbing the edge of the dugout roof as if it were a basketball rim and pretending to slam down on catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. To the amusement of his teammates, Koehler slipped and took an awkward spill but wasn't hurt.

His splat was shown on the Marlins' game telecast.

"That's what happens when you mess with your catcher," Saltalamacchia said. "Things go wrong."

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Pitcher Matchup
Rafael Soriano
Innings Pitched:0.1 (Loss)
H 3, R 4, 1.96 ERA
Mike Dunn
(Win) Innings Pitched:1
H 0, R 0, 3.89 ERA
 

Miami batters
Player POS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Christian Yelich LF 5 0 0 0 0 1 2 .276
Jordany Valdespin 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .222
Jeff Baker 2B 2 0 1 2 0 0 0 .250
Giancarlo Stanton RF 3 1 0 0 1 2 1 .290
Casey McGehee 3B 3 1 1 0 1 1 1 .310
Garrett Jones 1B 4 2 2 1 0 2 1 .255
Marcell Ozuna CF 4 1 2 2 0 0 1 .272
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C 3 0 1 1 0 0 2 .231
Adeiny Hechavarria SS 4 2 2 1 0 0 0 .275
Nathan Eovaldi P 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .049
Dan Jennings P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Chris Hatcher P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Jake Marisnick CF 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .167
Sam Dyson P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Reed Johnson LF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .240
Mike Dunn P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Donovan Solano 2B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .265

Washington batters
Player POS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Denard Span CF 4 1 1 0 1 0 2 .288
Anthony Rendon 3B 5 2 2 0 0 1 3 .280
Jayson Werth RF 3 1 2 1 1 1 0 .284
Nate McLouth LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .180
Adam LaRoche 1B 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 .273
Ian Desmond SS 3 1 0 0 1 1 2 .249
Bryce Harper LF 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 .260
Wilson Ramos C 3 0 0 1 1 0 1 .300
Danny Espinosa 2B 4 0 1 2 0 1 2 .215
Ross Detwiler P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Zach Walters 3B 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .205
Jordan Zimmermann P 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .182
Drew Storen P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Rafael Soriano P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Jerry Blevins P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -

Miami pitchers
Player IP H R ER BB SO PC-ST ERA
Nathan Eovaldi 5.1 6 5 5 2 3 96-60 4.37
Sam Dyson 2 2 0 0 1 1 33-18 2.13
Mike Dunn 1 0 0 0 0 1 10-6 3.89
Chris Hatcher 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 2-2 3.13
Dan Jennings 0.1 1 1 0 2 0 13-4 1.19

Washington pitchers
Player IP H R ER BB SO PC-ST ERA
Jordan Zimmermann 7 4 2 2 1 6 91-61 3.17
Ross Detwiler 0.2 2 1 1 0 0 14-11 3.71
Jerry Blevins 0.1 1 0 0 0 1 6-4 4.66
Rafael Soriano 0.1 3 4 4 1 0 27-16 1.96
Drew Storen 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 4-3 1.05