Washington at Miami

W: N. Eovaldi (2-0) L: S. Strasburg (5-7)
HR: WAS - None   MIA - G. Stanton (9)

Marlins tag Nationals' Strasburg with worst outing

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MIAMI -- The Miami Marlins' rough first inning certainly didn't suggest they would eventually get the best of Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals.

The Marlins spotted Strasburg three runs in the first, but responded in a big way.

Marcell Ozuna drove in three runs, and Giancarlo Stanton homered for the Marlins, who dealt Strasburg the worst loss of his career in a 8-3 win over the Nationals on Friday night.

"Obviously, that first inning wasn't how anybody drew it up," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "I don't think anybody anticipated that. Fortunately for us we were able to come out there and have some great at-bats."

Strasburg (5-7) allowed a career-high seven earned runs and tied a career-high with four walks in two innings after the Nationals gave him a 3-0 lead.

"He's been awfully good, but this time was the one bad one," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said. "It was just a tough time. We got him the lead and he had some problems."

It was his shortest outing since he pitched two innings on May 31 at Atlanta. He left that game early because of a lat strain that forced him to go on the disabled list.

"Today was one of those days where Strasburg really looked out of whack," Redmond said.

Washington has lost four of five.

Nathan Eovaldi (2-0) settled down after the tough first inning and held the Nationals without a run over the next five innings. He struck out five and walked four.

The Nationals took a 3-0 lead on a two-run double by Adam LaRoche and an RBI groundout by Jayson Werth.

"I kind of let the first inning get the best of me," Eovaldi said. "The guys picked me right back up as soon as we got in the dugout, which was huge for them to put together the at-bats they did against Strasburg."

It was rare run support for Strasburg, who entered the game with a 2.45 ERA, but he was unable to hold the lead.

"I couldn't throw a strike," Strasburg said. "It's frustrating. Throw ball one, ball two to every single batter."

Strasburg walked three of the first four batters he faced, and Ozuna made him pay with a bases-clearing triple to deep center field that tied the game 3-3.

"I was facing him a couple years ago in low-A when he made a rehab start, and I struck out," Ozuna said. "He threw harder before and now he is 96 sometimes -- 93, 92 is the average of his fastball. He threw very hard 99, 98 with a big curveball, no chance to get a hit.

"Now we face him and I got my hit, a big hit."

Derek Dietrich and Eovaldi followed with RBI singles, and the Marlins sent 10 batters to the plate in the first inning and led 5-3.

"I wasn't planning on going out there and giving up five runs in the first inning, but it is what it is," Strasburg said. "You just have to hang in there, I guess. It's tough. It happens to everybody. It's all about how you bounce back."

Stanton's ninth home run of the season, a two-run shot into the Nationals bullpen in right field, stretched Miami's lead to 7-3.

Adeiny Hechavarria, who singled in the first to extend his career-best hitting streak to 11 games, had an RBI double in the seventh to make it 8-3. Hechavarria is batting .442 (19 for 43) during the streak.


  • Strasburg dropped to 1-4 with a 4.66 ERA in nine road starts this season. He also gave up seven runs on Aug. 28, 2012, against the Marlins, but only five were earned.
  • Marlins RHP Henderson Alvarez will start on Sunday, replacing Kevin Slowey, so Alvarez can get another start before the All-Star break.
  • Marlins RHP Chad Qualls will be placed on the paternity list on Saturday and then join the team in Milwaukee after the break.
  • Marlins rookie All-Star RHP Jose Fernandez (5-5, 2.83 ERA) will take the mound on Saturday against Nationals RHP Dan Haren (4-10, 6.00 ERA).
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Stephen Strasburg has a bad day in Miami, allowing a career-high seven earned runs and walking four in just two innings.  (USATSI)
Stephen Strasburg has a bad day in Miami, allowing a career-high seven earned runs and walking four in just two innings. (USATSI)

Players of the Game

G. Stanton
AB 4
R 2
H 1
HR 1

N. Eovaldi
IP 6.0
H 3
ER 3
BB 4
K 5

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Wednesday's MLB winners and losers (0:41)
Washington Nationals
Denard Span, CF4110112 .257
Ian Desmond, SS4110122 .280
Bryce Harper, LF3100212 .269
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5000015 .271
Adam LaRoche, 1B4012020 .249
Jayson Werth, RF3011100 .298
Anthony Rendon, 2B3000102 .297
Wilson Ramos, C3010102 .310
   Ross Ohlendorf, P1000011 .000
   a-Roger Bernadina, PH1000010 .181
   b-Stephen Lombardozzi, PH1010000 .240
a-struck out for Ohlendorf in the 7th
b-singled for Abad in the 9th
2B - Adam LaRoche (12, Eovaldi), Jayson Werth (9, Dunn)
SH - Stephen Strasburg (5)
RBI - Adam LaRoche 2 (43), Jayson Werth (32)
SB - Denard Span (10, 2nd base off Webb/Brantly)
Team LOB - 10
Washington Nationals
Stephen Strasburg (L,5-7) 2577421 2.99
Ross Ohlendorf 4100240 1.74
Fernando Abad 2311020 1.83
Pitches-Strikes - Stephen Strasburg 66-33, Ross Ohlendorf 66-43, Fernando Abad 30-23
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Stephen Strasburg 2-2, Ross Ohlendorf 4-4, Fernando Abad 3-1
Batters Faced - Stephen Strasburg 15, Ross Ohlendorf 15, Fernando Abad 9
Miami Marlins
Justin Ruggiano, LF3100212 .215
Ed Lucas, 3B-2B3110203 .282
Giancarlo Stanton, RF4212122 .246
Logan Morrison, 1B3100120 .293
Marcell Ozuna, CF4113020 .273
Derek Dietrich, 2B4221000 .222
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS4021000 .240
Rob Brantly, C4010013 .242
Nate Eovaldi, P2011001 .091
   a-Juan Pierre, PH1000000 .241
   Placido Polanco, 3B1000000 .251
a-flied out for Eovaldi in the 6th
2B - Adeiny Hechavarria (8, Abad)
3B - Marcell Ozuna (4, Strasburg)
HR - Giancarlo Stanton (9, Strasburg)
RBI - Giancarlo Stanton 2 (26), Marcell Ozuna 3 (32), Derek Dietrich (21), Adeiny Hechavarria (24), Nate Eovaldi (1)
2-OUT RBI - Adeiny Hechavarria (14), Nate Eovaldi (1)
SB - Justin Ruggiano (12, 2nd base off Strasburg/Ramos)
Team LOB - 7
Miami Marlins
Nate Eovaldi (W,2-0) 6333450 2.93
Ryan Webb 0.2100110 3.21
Mike Dunn (H,12) 1100110 2.93
Chad Qualls 1.1100120 2.89
Pitches-Strikes - Nate Eovaldi 100-59, Ryan Webb 14-8, Mike Dunn 22-12, Chad Qualls 21-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nate Eovaldi 5-8, Ryan Webb 1-0, Mike Dunn 1-1, Chad Qualls 2-0
Batters Faced - Nate Eovaldi 25, Ryan Webb 4, Mike Dunn 5, Chad Qualls 6
Game Information
Attendance - 16861
Game Time - 3:08
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Al Porter, Third Base - Mike Estabrook