WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) — With Jesus Aguilar and Jesus Sanchez scoring late home runs to win games for the Miami Marlins over the weekend, Brian de la Cruz was delighted to have a similar opportunity on Monday.
He made the most of it.
De La Cruz hits a two-run homer with a foul pole To maintain Miami’s dominance in the 10th inning with a 3–2 win over the Washington Nationals.
“To be able to do that with just one swing, just put your team forward, it’s an amazing feeling,” he said through an interpreter. “It feels great to do that for the whole team.”
The Marlins won a rare 11:05 start this year by beating the Nationals for the 12th time in 13 games, including seven games in a row. He extended his winning streak to five and went two games behind .500 at almost halfway, despite leading 26-39 against everyone else.
“Essentially it looks like we scored with these guys,” said manager Don Mattingly. “We felt like we were getting the out we needed and getting some big hits when we needed to.”
De La Cruz became the latest Miami player to hit a major hit during the run, after Sanchez advanced a two-run home run on Sunday on the ninth. And Aguilar took residence on Saturday and doubled, His fifth homer this season came from Tanner Rainey (1-3), who dropped Sanchez’s shot less than 24 hours ago.
It was the first time de la Cruz made a home in the ninth inning or later in his major league career.
Miami’s Braxton Garrett cruised through seven innings on 61 pitches before things fell away from him in the eighth. His first and only walk proved costly when Ehir Adrienza finished second and scored on an RBI single from Luis García that sent Garrett into the rain.
“I was skilled early on,” said Garrett. “I was 0-1 a lot. And our bullpen gets a little taxed too. Our late players are gone, I think it was three days in a row, and it was in my mind that I just went for the bullpen. Let me take out a few more innings.”
With top relievers Anthony Bass, Steven Okert and Tanner Scott unavailable after each pitching for three consecutive days, Mattingly stitched together eight outs with Zach Pop, Jimmy Yakabonis and Dylan Floro. Yacabonis (1-1) won after scoring in ninth place, and Floro made his second defense in as many days – his first two this season.
Washington’s Patrick Corbin made quick work of the Marlins for most of his seven innings, scattering eight hits and scoring four runs at a time. The only run he missed came in the third, when Luke Williams reached a bunt single, passed on the sacrifice of Billy Hamilton and scored on a single from Jesus Aguilar.
One of baseball’s worst pitchers at the start of this season, Corbin has 2.37 ERAs and 22 strikeouts in 19 innings in the last three starts.
“He’s hitting the strike zone,” manager Dave Martinez said. “He’s actually throwing the slider a little harder, and it looks like his fastball is coming, so it’s been very effective.”
While Garrett was fired for pitching the Fourth of July, Nelson Cruz of Washington celebrated the holiday with red, white and blue stars and stripes cleats.
The Nationals fielded three double plays this season, adding 80 to their major league-leading total. One of them scored a run in the 10th, second baseman Joy Wendell flipped his glove backhand To shortstop Miguel Rojas while falling after catching Garcia’s grounder.
While Juan Soto was not in the national lineup, the superstar outfielder did a pinch-hit in the eighth inning and walked a day after leaving the game with a tightness in his left calf. He was immediately pulled over for the pinch-runner.
“He felt good enough to hit, but he couldn’t run and we didn’t want him to run,” Martinez said. “He became the base for us, and we had to get him out of there.”
Soto said an MRI didn’t show damage, And he figures that he will take it day by day.
“Everything was fine,” said Soto. “They said it’s a little tight, so just take a few days and see how it goes.”
Marlins: 1b Garrett Cooper was not in the lineup after making a wrong move during Sunday’s game. … Wendall, with a strained right hamstring, pinch hit on every other day’s sports schedule since returning Friday from a month’s absence.
Citizen: While Soto’s MRI showed good news, a look at the pain in Jackson Tetroult’s right shoulder showed a stress fracture. The team placed him on a 15-day insured list and called up RHP Jordan Weems.
Marlins: RHP Sandy Alcantara (8-3, 1.95 ERA) made her debut in July after being named NL Pitcher of the Month for June on Tuesday against RHP Noah Syndergaard (5-6, 3.86) and Los Angeles Angels Angels initiates. The start of the two-match series in Miami.
Nationals: RHP Paolo Espino (0-1, 2.80) starts in LHP Christopher Sanchez and the Philadelphia Phillies in a three-game series start on Tuesday.
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