WASHINGTON -- Nationals Park has been a den of despair for the Miami Marlins collectively in recent years.
Not so for Giancarlo Stanton, who is a one-man wrecking crew at the Nationals' home.
Before Monday, Stanton had the second-best average all-time for an active visiting player and the most home runs and runs batted in by a Nationals opponent there since 2010.
He improved on those numbers in a memorable Memorial Day performance for the Marlins in a 3-2 victory.
It was the Marlins' second win in 14 games at Nationals Park since the beginning of 2013 and the first in four tries this season.
Another rarity, right-hander Nathan Eovaldi won on the road for the first time since Sept. 1 (at Atlanta). Eovaldi (4-2) held the Nationals in check for 61/3 innings, the only blemish on Adam LaRoche's two-run homer in the sixth.
But Stanton was the driving force, figuring in all three Marlins runs. Wearing an under-sleeve with an American flag pattern along with the camouflage that major league teams displayed on their caps and jersey lettering in salute to the military, Stanton paid tribute to long-range artillery with a towering home run that traveled an estimated 447 feet to center field in the third inning off Tanner Roark.
"It happens in baseball," Stanton said of his uncanny success at Nationals Park. "Some things you can't explain like that. It's just good it worked out today. But I understand I do a little better here. I can't really attest it to anything."
The two-run homer, his 15th of the season, was the 14th of Stanton's career at Nationals Park and pushed his RBI total to 27 there. After going 3 for 4, he is hitting .333 at the park (the Mets' David Wright is the only visitor ahead of him at .344).
The homer came after Derek Dietrich kept the inning alive by being hit by a Roark pitch. It was the eighth time Dietrich has been hit by a pitch this season, tied for the most in the majors with Pittsburgh's Neil Walker.
Dietrich, who didn't flinch as the 93-mph fastball bore in on him, has said he doesn't mind taking one for the team if that's what it takes to get on base ahead of Stanton.
"I noticed he's kind of like no urge to get out of the way. It works out," Stanton said, noting that Dietrich is providing RBI chances while boosting his own on-base percentage.
Marlins manager Mike Redmond said, "(Dietrich) has done a great job in that two hole. He's just gotten on base a ton. All we got to do is get on base for Giancarlo, he can do some damage quick."
Casey McGehee, continued his clutch hitting, driving in Stanton with a two-out single in the first. Stanton doubled off the glove of right fielder Jayson Werth.
McGehee began the day tied with the Dodgers' Yasiel Puig for the most hits with runners in scoring position and two outs. He improved on that with his 12th, and is hitting .400 in those situations despite failing to deliver with a runner on third in the eighth.
"Today was a real good win for us," McGehee said. "We've still got things we need to work on, but I think we're starting to believe in ourselves a little bit more each passing day that we've got a pretty good club."
The Marlins have yet to win a series on the road, and the victory was a positive step in correcting that, "Especially off a team that's been whooping our butt the past few times we played them," Stanton said.
Eovaldi, who had a 4.98 ERA in his first four road starts, took the initiative to change his own fortune. He lost his previous two starts at Nationals Park, dating to last season.
This time he limited the Nationals to three hits, a walk and hit two batters. He allowed only a second-inning double by Wilson Ramos through five innings. Werth broke the spell with a one-out single in the sixth, and LaRoche drove a first-pitch fastball into the upper deck in right field to cut the Marlins' lead to 3-2.
Eovaldi departed after hitting Nate McLouth with one out in the seventh. Mike Dunn came on to retire the next two Nationals. A.J. Ramos, who has struggled to hold leads in the eighth inning, breezed through a 1-2-3 inning.
Steve Cishek did likewise in the ninth for his 11th save in 12 chances.
"The bullpen was awesome, came in and slammed the door on them," Eovaldi said. "We've been playing well at home. It's just going to carry over to the road trip. To get the first one out of the way will be good for us."
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