Bryan De La Cruz hit a two-run homer off the foul pole in the 10th inning to keep the Miami Marlins’ domination of the Washington Nationals going with a 3-2 triumph Monday.
The Marlins won the rare 11:05 a.m. start by defeating the Nationals for the 12th time in 13 games this year, including seven in a row. They extended their winning streak to five and moved two games back of .500 at nearly the halfway point.
De La Cruz became the latest Miami player to come up with a big hit during this run, after Jesús Sánchez hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the ninth Sunday and Jesús Aguilar homered and doubled Saturday. His fifth homer this season came off Tanner Rainey (1-3), who also gave up Sánchez’s shot to right less than 24 hours earlier.
It’s the first time De La Cruz had homered in the ninth inning or later in his major league career.
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Miami’s Braxton Garrett cruised through seven innings on 61 pitches before things got away from him in the eighth.
His first and only walk proved costly when Ehire Adrianza stole second and scored on Luis Garcia’s RBI single that sent Garrett to the showers.
With top relievers Anthony Bass, Steven Okert and Tanner Scott unavailable after each pitching three days in a row, manager Don Mattingly pieced together eight outs with Zach Pop, Jimmy Yacabonis and Dylan Floro. Yacabonis (1-1) got the win after pitching a scoreless ninth, and Floro picked up his second save in as many days — his first two this season.
Washington’s Patrick Corbin made quick work of the Marlins for much of his seven innings, scattering eight hits and striking out four with one walk.
The only run he gave up came in the third, when Luke Williams reached on a bunt single, advanced on Billy Hamilton’s sacrifice and scored on Jesús Aguilar’s single. Corbin, one of baseball’s worst pitchers earlier this campaign, has a 2.37 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 19 innings over his past three starts.
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