Nationals lose at Marlins 5-3 to tighten NL wild-card race

MIAMI (AP) The Nationals blew a late two-run lead to lose, and less than an hour later, their advantage atop the NL wild-card race was gone, too.

Three relievers each gave up an extra-base hit in a seventh-inning meltdown Sunday, and Washington's streak of 11 consecutive wins against the Miami Marlins ended with a 5-3 defeat.

The Brewers (86-70) subsequently closed out a 4-3 victory over the Pirates to pull into a tie with the Nationals (85-69) at the top of the wild-card standings - Washington leads by one percentage point with two fewer games played. The Cubs lost 3-2 to the Cardinals and remained four games behind Washington and Milwaukee.

''To bounce back after a tough loss is critical for us,'' Nationals reliever Hunter Strickland said. ''We have to find a way.''

Strickland and Wander Suero (6-9) allowed two runs apiece in the seventh, and Tanner Rainey gave up an RBI triple by Starlin Castro as the Marlins rallied from a 3-1 deficit in a four-run inning.

''I'm not really concerned,'' Washington manager Dave Martinez said regarding his bullpen. ''I trust these guys. Guys come in one day and look really good and get big outs. Next day it just doesn't happen. Let's just get consistent.''

The collapse came against the Nationals' favorite foils. Miami averted a three-game sweep and finished 4-15 against Washington this year.

Austin Dean started the Marlins' comeback by leading off the seventh with his fifth homer against Strickland. Following a hit batsman and a walk, Jon Berti hit a two-run double off Suero to put Miami ahead, and Castro's hit capped the rally.

''Kind of broke the floodgates open,'' Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.

Washington starting pitcher Austin Voth drove in a run with a single for his first major league hit and left after five innings with a 3-1 lead. The Nationals have lost his past four starts.

''Voth gave us everything he had,'' Martinez said.

Jeff Brigham, helped by two fine defensive plays, pitched a perfect ninth for his first career save.

''There's no better feeling than getting the ball in that situation,'' said Brigham.

Miami starter Pablo Lopez allowed three runs in five innings and remained winless since June 15, before he was sidelined for more than two months by a shoulder injury. The Nationals started the game with three consecutive singles to take a 1-0 lead, but a nifty 3-6-1 double play helped Lopez escape further damage.

''We're lucky the game didn't get away right there,'' Mattingly said.

Washington finished 43-38 on the road. Miami finished 31-50 at home, worst in the National League.

MISFIRING

For the second time in the series, Suero made an errant pickoff throw to first base.

''It is the same thing that is happening with my pitching command,'' the Dominican said through a translator. ''I try to put it in a spot where all the first baseman needs to do is grab it and tag. But because of how my ball is moving lately, I am missing with the pickoff throws.''

INJURY REPORT

Nationals: INF Asdrubal Cabrera, who hurt his right ankle on a play at the plate Saturday, struck out as a pinch hitter in the eighth.

Marlins: CF Magneuris Sierra left the game in the eighth inning with a hamstring strain that will end his season. Sierra, who has been staking a claim this month to consideration for a spot in the lineup next year, had a double and a triple and robbed Adam Eaton of an extra-base hit. Sierra batted .350 in 15 games.

ATTENDANCE

The announced crowd was 19,702, hiking the Marlins' season total to 811,302. That's an increase of 198 over 2018, but they finished last in the NL in attendance for the 14th time in the past 15 years.

UP NEXT

Nationals: They have eight games to go, all at home, and begin a five-game series against the Phillies on Monday with LHP Patrick Corbin (13-7, 3.10) scheduled to start. Washington is 3-0 in Corbin's starts against Philadelphia this year.

Marlins: They have seven games left, all on the road, and start a four-game series Monday at the Mets with LHP Caleb Smith (9-10, 4.24) scheduled to start.

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  • W: J. Garcia (4-2)L: W. Suero (6-9)S: J. Brigham (1)
  • HR: MIA - A. Dean (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Turner SS51100013.291.349.477.8261.5
A. Eaton RF40100100.280.363.427.7912.0
A. Rendon 3B50110001.325.410.6091.0202.0
J. Soto LF11000302.287.403.559.9624.0
H. Kendrick 1B40200002.346.394.573.9682.0
B. Dozier 2B41010013.233.337.421.7581.5
V. Robles CF30000101.255.327.425.7521.0
Y. Gomes C30000111.222.317.370.6870.5
A. Voth P20110010.143.143.143.2861.5
a- A. Stevenson PH00000100.360.500.480.9801.0
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b- A. Cabrera PH10000011.255.337.432.768-0.5
J. Guerra P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-walked for Voth in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Rainey in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Sierra CF32200110.350.381.425.8067.5
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J. Brigham P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Berti SS-CF31120102.263.344.411.7556.0
S. Castro 3B30120001.271.300.435.7355.0
J. Alfaro C40000021.261.309.406.715-1.0
I. Diaz 2B30000122.167.263.287.5500.0
H. Ramirez LF40100002.271.311.407.7172.0
A. Dean 1B41111002.224.261.401.6626.0
L. Brinson RF21000100.185.251.237.4883.0
P. Lopez P10000002.182.182.242.4240.0
a- M. Prado PH10000000.233.267.284.5520.0
K. Keller P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Garcia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- C. Granderson PH10000011.186.284.355.639-0.5
M. Rojas SS00000000.283.332.384.7160.0
  • a-flied out for Lopez in the 5th
  • b-struck out for Garcia in the 7th
BATTING
  • RBI - A. Rendon (120), B. Dozier (47), A. Voth
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Voth
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Turner (30), A. Rendon, H. Kendrick (34), B. Dozier (41), A. Cabrera
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Sierra, J. Berti (13), H. Ramirez (19)
  • 3B - M. Sierra, S. Castro (4)
  • HR - A. Dean (5)
  • SF - S. Castro (9)
  • RBI - J. Berti 2 (23), S. Castro 2 (83), A. Dean (20)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Berti (26), I. Diaz (17), H. Ramirez, A. Dean, P. Lopez (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Turner-Dozier-Kendrick)
  • E - A. Rendon (10), W. Suero (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Dean-Berti-Lopez)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Voth5.03113303.351.179.5
H. Strickland (H, 8)1.01220015.731.270.0
W. Suero (L, 6-9) (BS, 6)0.11221104.701.28-8.5
T. Rainey0.21000204.171.520.0
J. Guerra1.00000004.481.213.0
PITCHERSIP
A. Voth5.0
H. Strickland (H, 8)1.0
W. Suero (L, 6-9) (BS, 6)0.1
T. Rainey0.2
J. Guerra1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
P. Lopez5.06334104.961.212.5
K. Keller1.00001104.151.502.5
J. Garcia (W, 4-2)1.00001002.831.059.0
R. Stanek (H, 5)1.00001304.171.323.5
J. Brigham (S, 1)1.00000004.621.2410.0
PITCHERSIP
P. Lopez5.0
K. Keller1.0
J. Garcia (W, 4-2)1.0
R. Stanek (H, 5)1.0
J. Brigham (S, 1)1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - A. Voth (2)
  • HBP - H. Strickland (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Voth 81-53, H. Strickland 14-8, W. Suero 13-6, T. Rainey 15-11, J. Guerra 11-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Voth 3-8, H. Strickland 2-2
  • Batters Faced - A. Voth 20, H. Strickland 6, W. Suero 3, T. Rainey 3, J. Guerra 3
PITCHING
  • WP - P. Lopez (5)
  • IBB - P. Lopez (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - P. Lopez 89-56, K. Keller 15-10, J. Garcia 16-9, R. Stanek 20-14, J. Brigham 21-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Lopez 10-3, J. Garcia 2-1, J. Brigham 1-2
  • Batters Faced - P. Lopez 24, K. Keller 4, J. Garcia 4, R. Stanek 4, J. Brigham 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Turner SS51100013.291.349.477.8261.5
A. Eaton RF40100100.280.363.427.7912.0
A. Rendon 3B50110001.325.410.6091.0202.0
J. Soto LF11000302.287.403.559.9624.0
H. Kendrick 1B40200002.346.394.573.9682.0
B. Dozier 2B41010013.233.337.421.7581.5
V. Robles CF30000101.255.327.425.7521.0
Y. Gomes C30000111.222.317.370.6870.5
A. Voth P20110010.143.143.143.2861.5
a- A. Stevenson PH00000100.360.500.480.9801.0
H. Strickland P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
W. Suero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Rainey P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- A. Cabrera PH10000011.255.337.432.768-0.5
J. Guerra P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-walked for Voth in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Rainey in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Sierra CF32200110.350.381.425.8067.5
R. Stanek P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Brigham P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Berti SS-CF31120102.263.344.411.7556.0
S. Castro 3B30120001.271.300.435.7355.0
J. Alfaro C40000021.261.309.406.715-1.0
I. Diaz 2B30000122.167.263.287.5500.0
H. Ramirez LF40100002.271.311.407.7172.0
A. Dean 1B41111002.224.261.401.6626.0
L. Brinson RF21000100.185.251.237.4883.0
P. Lopez P10000002.182.182.242.4240.0
a- M. Prado PH10000000.233.267.284.5520.0
K. Keller P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-flied out for Lopez in the 5th
  • b-struck out for Garcia in the 7th
BATTING
  • RBI - A. Rendon (120), B. Dozier (47), A. Voth
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Voth
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Turner (30), A. Rendon, H. Kendrick (34), B. Dozier (41), A. Cabrera
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Sierra, J. Berti (13), H. Ramirez (19)
  • 3B - M. Sierra, S. Castro (4)
  • HR - A. Dean (5)
  • SF - S. Castro (9)
  • RBI - J. Berti 2 (23), S. Castro 2 (83), A. Dean (20)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Berti (26), I. Diaz (17), H. Ramirez, A. Dean, P. Lopez (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Turner-Dozier-Kendrick)
  • E - A. Rendon (10), W. Suero (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Dean-Berti-Lopez)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Voth5.03113303.351.179.5
H. Strickland (H, 8)1.01220015.731.270.0
W. Suero (L, 6-9) (BS, 6)0.11221104.701.28-8.5
T. Rainey0.21000204.171.520.0
J. Guerra1.00000004.481.213.0
Total8.0655461---
PITCHERSIP
A. Voth5.0
H. Strickland (H, 8)1.0
W. Suero (L, 6-9) (BS, 6)0.1
T. Rainey0.2
J. Guerra1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
P. Lopez5.06334104.961.212.5
K. Keller1.00001104.151.502.5
J. Garcia (W, 4-2)1.00001002.831.059.0
R. Stanek (H, 5)1.00001304.171.323.5
J. Brigham (S, 1)1.00000004.621.2410.0
Total9.0633750---
PITCHERSIP
P. Lopez5.0
K. Keller1.0
J. Garcia (W, 4-2)1.0
R. Stanek (H, 5)1.0
J. Brigham (S, 1)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - A. Voth (2)
  • HBP - H. Strickland (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Voth 81-53, H. Strickland 14-8, W. Suero 13-6, T. Rainey 15-11, J. Guerra 11-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Voth 3-8, H. Strickland 2-2
  • Batters Faced - A. Voth 20, H. Strickland 6, W. Suero 3, T. Rainey 3, J. Guerra 3
PITCHING
  • WP - P. Lopez (5)
  • IBB - P. Lopez (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - P. Lopez 89-56, K. Keller 15-10, J. Garcia 16-9, R. Stanek 20-14, J. Brigham 21-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Lopez 10-3, J. Garcia 2-1, J. Brigham 1-2
  • Batters Faced - P. Lopez 24, K. Keller 4, J. Garcia 4, R. Stanek 4, J. Brigham 3
  • 7TH INNING
    Castro tripled to deep left, Berti scored35
    Berti doubled to deep right, Brinson and Sierra scored34
    Dean homered to left center32
  • 4TH INNING
    Voth singled to center, Dozier scored, Gomes to second31
    Dozier reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Soto scored, Kendrick out at third21
  • 1ST INNING
    Castro hit sacrifice fly to center, Sierra scored11
    Rendon singled to left, Turner scored, Eaton to second10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Jeff Brigham relieved Ryne Stanek
    • T. Turner: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Turner grounded out to third
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Eaton lined out to left
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Rendon flied out to center
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Ryne Stanek pitching
    • Miguel Rojas at shortstop
    • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
    • V. Robles: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Robles walked
    • Y. Gomes: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
    • Asdrubal Cabrera hit for Tanner Rainey
    • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Javy Guerra pitching
    • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ramirez flied out to center
    • A. Dean: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Dean lined out to right
    • L. Brinson: Ball, Ball, Brinson flied out to left
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Jarlin Garcia relieved Kyle Keller
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Strike looking, Eaton grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rendon flied out to left
    • J. Soto: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Soto walked
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Ball, Kendrick grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • H. Strickland Pitching:
    • A. Dean: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dean homered to left center
    • L. Brinson: Ball, Brinson hit by pitch
    • Curtis Granderson hit for Jarlin Garcia
    • Wander Suero relieved Hunter Strickland
    • C. Granderson: Ball, Brinson to second on Suero throwing error, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Granderson struck out swinging
    • M. Sierra: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Sierra walked
    • J. Berti: Berti doubled to deep right, Brinson and Sierra scored
    • Tanner Rainey relieved Wander Suero
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Foul, Castro tripled to deep left, Berti scored
    • J. Alfaro: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
    • I. Diaz: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Kyle Keller pitching
    • V. Robles: Robles lined out to shortstop
    • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gomes flied out to left
    • Andrew Stevenson hit for Austin Voth
    • A. Stevenson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Stevenson walked
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Hunter Strickland pitching
    • S. Castro: Ball, Castro grounded out to third
    • J. Alfaro: Ball, Foul, Alfaro safe at first on 3rd baseman Rendon throwing error
    • I. Diaz: Foul, Diaz flied out to left
    • H. Ramirez: Ramirez flied out to right
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 5TH INNING
    • P. Lopez Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Eaton lined out to center
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Rendon grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Soto walked
    • H. Kendrick: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Kendrick singled to center, Soto to second
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier reached on fielder's choice to third, Soto out at third
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Voth Pitching:
    • L. Brinson: Strike swinging, Brinson flied out to right
    • Martin Prado hit for Pablo Lopez
    • M. Prado: Prado flied out to center
    • M. Sierra: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Sierra doubled to deep right
    • J. Berti: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Berti lined out to center
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • P. Lopez Pitching:
    • J. Soto: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Soto walked
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Foul, Kendrick singled to left, Soto to second
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Soto to third, Kendrick to second on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Dozier reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Soto scored, Kendrick out at third
    • V. Robles: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Robles grounded out to second, Dozier to second
    • Y. Gomes: Gomes intentionally walked
    • A. Voth: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Voth singled to center, Dozier scored, Gomes to second
    • T. Turner: Ball, Foul, Turner reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Voth out at second
    • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Voth Pitching:
    • J. Alfaro: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Alfaro struck out looking
    • I. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Diaz walked
    • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez flied out to right
    • A. Dean: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Dean flied out to deep center
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • P. Lopez Pitching:
    • A. Voth: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Voth struck out looking
    • T. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Turner grounded out to third
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Eaton walked
    • A. Rendon: Pickoff attempt, Rendon flied out to center
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Voth Pitching:
    • M. Sierra: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Sierra struck out looking
    • J. Berti: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Berti walked
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Castro grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Berti out at second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • P. Lopez Pitching:
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Dozier grounded out to shortstop
    • V. Robles: Ball, Robles grounded out to pitcher
    • Y. Gomes: Ball, Strike looking, Gomes grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Voth Pitching:
    • I. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Diaz struck out looking
    • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ramirez doubled to left
    • A. Dean: Dean grounded out to third, Ramirez to third
    • L. Brinson: Brinson intentionally walked
    • P. Lopez: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Strike swinging, Lopez popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • P. Lopez Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Turner singled to center
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Eaton singled to center, Turner to third
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Rendon singled to left, Turner scored, Eaton to second
    • J. Soto: Foul, Ball, Ball, Soto grounded into double play first to shortstop to pitcher, Eaton to third, Rendon out at second
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Kendrick flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Voth Pitching:
    • M. Sierra: Sierra tripled to left
    • J. Berti: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Berti lined out to first
    • S. Castro: Foul, Castro hit sacrifice fly to center, Sierra scored
    • J. Alfaro: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Alfaro grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)