WASHINGTON — Bryan De La Cruz watched as the fly ball curved and inched closer to the left-field foul pole. He knew he had gotten enough of the elevated fastball that was sent his way; he just needed the drive to stay fair.
It bounced off the top of the pole.
The flair for the late-inning dramatics continued.
As does the Miami Marlins’ domination against the Washington Nationals.
De La Cruz’s go-ahead, two-out, two-run home run in the 10th inning lifted the Marlins to a 3-2, extra-innings win over Nationals on Monday to secure a four-game series sweep at Nationals Park. Miami (38-40) is now on a five-game win streak and has won 12 of its 13 games this season against Washington (29-52).
“Just being able to do that with one swing to put your team ahead is a wonderful feeling,” De La Cruz said. “It feels great to just do it for the whole team.”
The Marlins are the first team in MLB history to hit four go-ahead home runs with two outs in the ninth inning or later in the span of nine days.
Nick Fortes did it on June 26 with his walk-off home run to lead the Marlins to a 3-2 win over the New York Mets.