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Marlins score 4 in 9th to beat Nationals 7-6

By STEVEN WINE
AP Sports Writer
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MIAMI (AP) The Miami Marlins mounted an improbable rally Monday against first-place Washington, and they're thinking they can come from behind in the NL East standings, too.

Jeff Baker hit a two-out RBI single to cap a four-run ninth inning for the Marlins, who extended their winning streak to five games by beating the Nationals 7-6.

Miami won after trailing 6-0 with two out in the seventh. Washington's Rafael Soriano (2-1), who earned his 200th career save Sunday, took the mound in the ninth with a 6-3 lead and blew a save for the fourth time this season.

The Marlins were coming off best seven-game trip in franchise history, a six-victory swing that put them back into the playoff picture. They now trail Washington by six games.

''At this stage, that's got to be the biggest game of the year - right? - with where we are in the standings, and where we've got to go,'' manager Mike Redmond said. ''These guys understand that.''

The one-run victory was the 25th for Miami, most in the majors.

Casey McGehee led off the ninth with a four-pitch walk, Garrett Jones doubled and Marcell Ozuna hit an RBI single. Jarrod Saltalamacchia's sacrifice fly made it 6-5, and Adeiny Hechavarria ended an 11-pitch at-bat with an RBI triple to tie the game.

Left-hander Jerry Blevins replaced Soriano, and after a strikeout, Baker lined a hit over left fielder Bryce Harper that struck the base of the fence. Baker applauded the group effort in the comeback.

''We're not going to be able to rely on just one or two guys all year, and we know that,'' Baker said. ''Guys collectively are trying to pull their end of the rope. Tonight was a case where everyone contributed.''

Baker drove in two runs after entering the game in the eighth inning and extended his hitting streak to 11 games. Soriano's ERA rose from 1.10 to 1.96.

''Bad day for me,'' Soriano said. ''Every pitch that I threw, I had no command. Everything that I tried to throw didn't work.''

Jordan Zimmermann allowed two runs in seven innings and was in line for his first victory this month until the bullpen allowed five runs.

''No one's perfect,'' Zimmermann said. ''These guys are going to have bad games. They've been picking me up all year. You're going to have a bad game from time to time.''

Miami starter Nathan Eovaldi allowed six runs, five earned, in 5 1-3 innings. He watched from the dugout as the Marlins rallied to take him off the hook for a loss.

''An amazing win,'' Eovaldi said. ''It was awesome - keeps the streak going.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

The Nationals' Jayson Werth twisted his right ankle when his foot came down awkwardly at second base while trying unsuccessfully to stretch a single into a double in the seventh inning. He was replaced in right field in the bottom of the inning by Nate McLouth but said he expected to play Tuesday.

ON DECK

Stephen Strasburg (7-8, 3.67 ERA) is scheduled to start Tuesday for the Nationals against Henderson Alvarez (7-5, 2.62). Strasburg is 1-6 on the road with a 5.09 ERA, and he has a career ERA of 8.61 with a 2-3 record in five starts at Marlins Park.

PREGAME MOVE

The Marlins recalled OF Jake Marisnick from Triple-A New Orleans and optioned catcher J.T. Realmuto to Double-A Jacksonville. Marisnick hit .330 with four homers in 20 games this month for the Zephyrs.

MARLIN GOES SPLAT

The Marlins were still laughing Monday about a dugout pratfall in Houston before Sunday's game by right-hander Tom Koehler.

Koehler attempted a dunk move by grabbing the edge of the dugout roof as if it were a basketball rim and pretending to slam down on catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. To the amusement of his teammates, Koehler slipped and took an awkward spill but wasn't hurt.

His splat was shown on the Marlins' game telecast.

''That's what happens when you mess with your catcher,'' Saltalamacchia said. ''Things go wrong.''

 
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Miami

A. Hechavarria
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Washington

B. Harper
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Denard Span, CF4110102.288.344.394
Anthony Rendon, 3B5220013.280.338.464
Jayson Werth, RF3121110.284.376.445
   Nate McLouth, RF1000000.180.290.248
Adam LaRoche, 1B4011001.273.373.442
Ian Desmond, SS3100112.249.300.431
Bryce Harper, LF4121000.260.345.390
Wilson Ramos, C3001102.300.342.400
Danny Espinosa, 2B4012012.215.280.348
Jordan Zimmermann, P2000012.182.176.182
   a-Zach Walters, PH0000100.205.279.462
   Ross Detwiler, P0000000.000.500.000
   Drew Storen, P0000000.000.000.000
   Rafael Soriano, P0000000.000.000.000
   Jerry Blevins, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3369655    
a-walked for Zimmermann in the 8th
Batting
2B - Bryce Harper (7, Dyson)
SF - Adam LaRoche (6)
SH - Jordan Zimmermann (6)
RBI - Jayson Werth (58), Adam LaRoche (55), Bryce Harper (13), Wilson Ramos (23), Danny Espinosa 2 (21)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Bryce Harper 1
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jordan Zimmermann 7422160 3.17
Ross Detwiler 0.2211000 3.71
Drew Storen (H,14) 0.1000010 1.05
Rafael Soriano (L,2-1; BS,4) 0.1344100 1.96
Jerry Blevins 0.1100010 4.66
WP - Rafael Soriano (1)
HBP - Solano (by Rafael Soriano)
Pitches-Strikes - Jordan Zimmermann 91-61, Ross Detwiler 14-11, Drew Storen 4-3, Rafael Soriano 27-16, Jerry Blevins 6-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jordan Zimmermann 6-8, Ross Detwiler 2-0
Batters Faced - Jordan Zimmermann 25, Ross Detwiler 4, Drew Storen 1, Rafael Soriano 6, Jerry Blevins 2
Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Christian Yelich, LF5000012.276.356.416
Jordany Valdespin, 2B3000000.222.250.444
   a-Jeff Baker, PH-2B2012000.250.299.364
Giancarlo Stanton, RF3100121.290.390.532
Casey McGehee, 3B3110111.310.377.382
Garrett Jones, 1B4221021.255.319.426
Marcell Ozuna, CF4122001.272.320.456
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C3011002.231.330.409
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS4221000.275.302.341
Nathan Eovaldi, P1000010.049.071.049
   Dan Jennings, P0000000.000.000.000
   Chris Hatcher, P0000000.000.000.000
   b-Jake Marisnick, PH1000010.167.216.167
   Sam Dyson, P0000000.000.000.000
   c-Reed Johnson, PH1010000.240.272.364
   Mike Dunn, P0000000.000.000.000
   d-Donovan Solano, PH0000000.265.317.326
Totals34710728    
a-grounded out for Valdespin in the 8th
b-struck out for Hatcher in the 6th
c-singled for Dyson in the 8th
d-hit by pitch for Dunn in the 9th
Batting
2B - Garrett Jones (22, Soriano)
3B - Garrett Jones (2, Zimmermann), Adeiny Hechavarria (4, Soriano)
SF - Jarrod Saltalamacchia (3)
RBI - Jeff Baker 2 (21), Garrett Jones (41), Marcell Ozuna 2 (57), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (31), Adeiny Hechavarria (20)
2-OUT RBI - Jeff Baker (9), Garrett Jones (10), Marcell Ozuna (26)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Giancarlo Stanton 1
DP - McGehee-Valdespin-G. Jones
E - Adeiny Hechavarria (10, Throwing)
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Nathan Eovaldi 5.1655230 4.37
Dan Jennings 0.1110200 1.19
Chris Hatcher 0.1000000 3.13
Sam Dyson 2200110 2.13
Mike Dunn (W,8-5) 1000010 3.89
WP - Nathan Eovaldi (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Nathan Eovaldi 96-60, Dan Jennings 13-4, Chris Hatcher 2-2, Sam Dyson 33-18, Mike Dunn 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nathan Eovaldi 5-7, Dan Jennings 2-0, Sam Dyson 2-2
Batters Faced - Nathan Eovaldi 23, Dan Jennings 5, Chris Hatcher 1, Sam Dyson 8, Mike Dunn 3
Game Information
Attendance - 20027
Game Time - 3:17
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Brian O'Nora, First Base - D.J. Reyburn, Second Base - Ben May, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg