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After slow start, Sandy Alcantara dials in as Miami Marlins dominate Nationals

Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald on

Published in Baseball

The third inning: Two strikeouts and a flyout on nine pitches.

The fourth inning: Three groundouts on five pitches.

The fifth inning: Two groundouts and a flyout on 14 pitches.

The sixth inning: Three groundouts on 10 pitches.

The seventh inning: A groundout, a flyout and a strikeout on 12 pitches.

And the eighth inning: A swinging strikeout, a flyout and a groundout on seven pitches.

The offense gave Alcantara all the run support he needed with a four-run second inning, during which six consecutive Marlins hitters safely reached base.

 

Avisail Garcia began the rally when he got hold of an Aaron Sanchez 94 mph sinker near the heart of the zone and blasted the ball to center field for a 402-foot, game-tying solo home run.

Brian Anderson followed with a walk. Bryan De La Cruz, starting in center field for Jesus Sanchez, then hit a double to put runners on second and third. Erik Gonzalez, starting at shortstop for Miguel Rojas, drove both in with a single up the middle to give Miami its first lead of the game at 3-1. Gonzalez then moved to third on a Jacob Stallings double and scored on a Jazz Chisholm Jr. single.

Miami then tacked on four more runs in the seventh.

The Marlins had the bases loaded after three consecutive singles from Stallings, Chisholm and Jesus Aguilar. All three scored on a hard-hit Jorge Soler groundball that bounced past Dee Strange-Gordon and into left field that drove in Stallings and Chisholm before a pair of defensive errors — first by Nationals left fielder Thomas on a throw home and then by relief pitcher Victor Arano on a throw to second base — allowed Aguilar to score and Soler to get to third bases. Garcia then drove in Soler with an RBI single.

Anthony Bass gave up a run on two hits and an error in the ninth.

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