Washington at Miami

Stanton's 5 RBI help Marlins snap eight-game skid

CBSSports.com wire reports

MIAMI -- Stephen Strasburg against the woebegone Miami Marlins figured to be no contest, and it was.

Miami won in a rout.

Giancarlo Stanton tied a career high with five RBIs, including a three-run homer off Strasburg, and the Marlins broke an eight-game losing streak by beating the Washington Nationals 11-2 Tuesday night.

Both benches and bullpens cleared briefly in the fourth inning when Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and the Nationals' Ian Desmondengaged in a heated, nose-to-nose conversation at home plate. Desmond was unhappy that Marlins starter Tom Koehler threw several pitches high and inside.

Among the tunes playing in the Miami clubhouse after the victory was Alice Cooper's ''No More Mr. Nice Guy.''

''It feels great,'' Saltalamacchia said. ''We faced a great pitcher. It feels great to be able to make him work tonight.''

Strasburg (1-2) allowed six runs and eight hits in four innings. He fell to 2-3 at Marlins Park with an ERA of 8.61.

''We've put together some pretty good at-bats off him over the last couple of years, and had some good games against him,'' Miami manager Mike Redmond said. ''We had a nice plan. Guys were aggressive. He threw quite a few fastballs early in the count, and we were ready for them.''

That has often been the approach of hitters against Strasburg so far this season.

''They don't want me to get comfortable,'' the right-hander said. ''A lot of the dominant pitchers with swing-and-miss stuff, that's what their approach is going to be. I felt I had a good mindset today. It was one of those days where it seemed like every pitch I threw, they hit it.''

Koehler (2-1) allowed one hit and five walks in seven scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 1.89. The performance was a welcome change for a team that had an ERA of 6.12 during the losing streak.

Desmond became annoyed when he barely avoided being hit by an inside pitch from Koehler. Desmond hollered at Koehler and spat toward the mound.

Saltalamacchia then said something to Desmond, and their testy exchange began. Umpire Marty Foster stepped between them, and the confrontation didn't escalate.

''I wasn't necessarily thinking that he had intentions of hitting me,'' Desmond said. ''It wasn't intended to escalate to what it did, but was heat-of-the-moment stuff.''

Koehler said he went into the game mindful of the need to pitch inside against the Nationals.

''Guys tend to get a little upset when they get crowded,'' Koehler said. ''They had been attacking fastballs over the plate. It's our job as starters to make sure they know that's our part of the plate. We've been beaten inside too many times late in the game in the last couple of series because we haven't established inside.''

Stanton homered in the first inning, hit a two-run double in the fifth and scored three times. He came into the game ranked second in the majors in RBIs and now has 21. He's batting .429 with runners in scoring position.

Marcell Ozuna tied a career high with four hits, and Casey McGehee had three of the Marlins' 15 hits.

''We talked Monday about having guys step up,'' Redmond said. ''We saw the entire team step up. We feel like our lineup can do a lot of damage, and I think you saw that tonight.''

The Marlins beat Washington for the first time in five tries this season, and for only the third time in 16 meetings since July.

Zach Walters hit his first career homer in the ninth for the Nationals, who totaled five hits.

Miami led 3-0 before Strasburg got an out. Christian Yelich and Ozuna singled, and Stanton followed with a homer to center field.

The Marlins added three more runs in the second. Adeiny Hechavarria led off with a triple on his 25th birthday, Ozuna singled home a run and McGehee hit a two-out, two-run single.

Strasburg struck out five to increase his NL-leading total to 33, but his ERA rose to 6.00. The Marlins added five runs in the fifth to make it 11-0.

''One of those games,'' Nationals manager Matt Williams said. ''But nonetheless it's important that we play well, and we didn't. That's troubling.''


Nationals OF Denard Span (concussion) might be ready for a rehabilitation assignment by the end of the week, Williams said. ... Nationals OF Nate McLouth returned to the lineup after sitting out two games because of a sore left knee. ... Ozuna was back in the lineup after missing one start with a bruised foot. ... The Nationals' Steven Souza singled for his first major league hit. ... Miami RHP Jose Fernandez tries to improve to 12-0 at home when he pitches Wednesday against Tanner Roark.

Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC is strictly prohibited.
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Giancarlo Stanton (left) celebrates with Marcell Ozuna after both score in the second inning against the Nationals. (USATSI)
Giancarlo Stanton (left) celebrates with Marcell Ozuna after both score in the second inning against the Nationals. (USATSI)

Related Video

Washington Nationals
Anthony Rendon, 3B3010110 .345
Bryce Harper, LF4110002 .340
   Rafael Soriano, P0000000 .000
Jayson Werth, RF1000201 .313
   Steven Souza, RF1010000 .333
Adam LaRoche, 1B3000102 .292
Ian Desmond, SS2000003 .222
   Zach Walters, SS2111000 .333
Danny Espinosa, 2B4000011 .300
Nate McLouth, CF3000110 .125
Sandy Leon, C4010001 .167
Stephen Strasburg, P1000010 .000
   a-Tyler Moore, PH1000000 .333
   Craig Stammen, P0000000 .000
   Jerry Blevins, P0000000 .000
   Tyler Clippard, P0000000 .000
   b-Kevin Frandsen, PH-LF2000021 .333
a-grounded out for Strasburg in the 5th
b-struck out for Clippard in the 8th
HR - Zach Walters (1, Jennings)
RBI - Zach Walters (1)
Team LOB - 7
Outfield Assists - Bryce Harper 1
E - Craig Stammen (1, Throwing), Jayson Werth (1, Misplayed grounder)
Washington Nationals
Stephen Strasburg (L,1-2) 4866351 6.00
Craig Stammen 1655110 6.48
Jerry Blevins 1000020 4.26
Tyler Clippard 1000020 4.70
Rafael Soriano 1100010 0.00
IBB - Stanton by Stephen Strasburg
WP - Stephen Strasburg (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Stephen Strasburg 81-54, Craig Stammen 36-23, Jerry Blevins 14-11, Tyler Clippard 9-8, Rafael Soriano 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Stephen Strasburg 4-3, Craig Stammen 1-1, Tyler Clippard 1-0
Batters Faced - Stephen Strasburg 23, Craig Stammen 10, Jerry Blevins 3, Tyler Clippard 3, Rafael Soriano 4
Miami Marlins
Christian Yelich, LF4220121 .316
Marcell Ozuna, CF5341000 .327
Giancarlo Stanton, RF4325121 .317
Garrett Jones, 1B5011004 .228
Casey McGehee, 3B5032011 .309
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C5010025 .273
Derek Dietrich, 2B4110102 .292
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS3210121 .328
Tom Koehler, P2000021 .167
   Dan Jennings, P0000000 .000
2B - Giancarlo Stanton (5, Stammen)
3B - Adeiny Hechavarria (2, Strasburg)
HR - Giancarlo Stanton (5, Strasburg)
SH - Tom Koehler 2 (2)
RBI - Marcell Ozuna (5), Giancarlo Stanton 5 (21), Garrett Jones (8), Casey McGehee 2 (13)
2-OUT RBI - Giancarlo Stanton 2 (7), Garrett Jones (2), Casey McGehee 2 (8)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Hechavarria-G. Jones
E - Marcell Ozuna (1, Throwing)
Miami Marlins
Tom Koehler (W,2-1) 7100530 1.89
Dan Jennings 2421031 2.57
WP - Tom Koehler (1), Dan Jennings (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Tom Koehler 112-64, Dan Jennings 29-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tom Koehler 9-8, Dan Jennings 3-0
Batters Faced - Tom Koehler 26, Dan Jennings 10
Game Information
Attendance - 19931
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Clint Fagan, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Joe West