Soto, Robles HR as Nats beat Marlins to complete sweep

MIAMI (AP) Another productive sixth inning helped the Washington Nationals reach a notable point of their season.

A night after they scored three runs in the sixth to build a lead and eventually defeat the Miami Marlins, the Nationals did it again Thursday.

Victor Robles and Matt Adams homered against starter Sandy Alcantara during a five-run sixth that erased a three-run deficit and helped the Nationals to an 8-5 victory and a three-game series sweep.

Juan Soto and Kurt Suzuki also went deep, and Trea Turner had two hits and two stolen bases for the Nationals, who have won 8 of 10 and have climbed from 19-31 on May 23 to reach .500.

''They played unbelievable,'' Washington manager Dave Martinez said. ''We talked about earlier today. When we get down, there is no quit.''

Stephen Strasburg (9-4) won his 10th straight decision against Miami after allowing four runs and seven hits in seven innings. He struck out four on a season-high 111 pitches. He hasn't lost to Miami since 2015.

''I've been saying it all along - we have great chemistry in the clubhouse,'' Strasburg said. ''We're playing for each other. We give everything we have. The goal is to be better at the end of the year and not the start of the year.''

Adams hit a three-run shot for the second straight night, this time tying the game at 4. He has hit six home runs with 16 RBI in his last 10 games.

''I've been laying off those tough borderline pitches for the most part and getting a better pitch to hit after that,'' Adams said.

Robles' two-run homer to left-center broke the tie. Suzuki homered in the eighth to pad the Nationals lead.

Alcantara (4-7) was lifted after the sixth. The rookie right-hander allowed six runs, seven hits and a walk.

''A couple breaking balls that didn't do anything, they just stayed right there,'' Miami manager Don Mattingly said of the homers Alcantara allowed to Adams and Robles. ''He was going pretty good, his pitch count was pretty good. When he's got that kind of momentum he usually keeps rolling.''

Wander Suero struck out the side in the eighth, and Sean Doolittle allowed Cesar Puello's RBI groundout in the ninth for the Nationals in a non-save situation.

''If you watch our games all year long, there is that extra fight, that extra push,'' Martinez said. ''It's no secret our bullpen has struggled but you can see it. We come back but couldn't finish it. But now we're finishing the game.''

The Marlins scored three off Strasburg in the third on Miguel Rojas' two-run double and Harold Ramirez's RBI groundout.

Soto's opposite field solo homer in the fourth cut Miami's lead to 3-1. Soto drove Alcantara's 3-1 fastball over the wall in left-center for his 13th home run of the season.

Miami regained its three-run advantage on Garrett Cooper's two-out single to center that scored Rojas from second.

Rojas tied a career-high with four hits, including three doubles.

''I came early today to get extra hitting because I feel I can get better,'' Rojas said. ''Leading off you have a lot of opportunities. You have to be ready to go every time you step in the box.''

THIRD TIME SUCCESS:

For the second consecutive game, the Nationals waited out Miami starting pitchers and pounced once they reached the third time in the order. Again, they were ready with the game-changing sixth inning.

''We stayed on the ball and we made good contact,'' Martinez said. ''When we go good with our hitting, we stay in the zone and stop chasing.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: 1B Ryan Zimmerman (foot) played a nine-inning game in a rehab assignment at Double-A Harrisburg Wednesday.

Marlins: C Jorge Alfaro (concussion protocol) fielded grounders at third base.

UP NEXT

Nationals: RHP Anibal Sanchez (3-6, 4.02) returns to Detroit to face the Tigers in the opener of a three-game series Friday. From 2012 to 2017, Sanchez was 46-49 with a 4.43 ERA for the Tigers.

Marlins: Rookie RHP Elieser Hernandez (0-2, 4.34) takes the mound for the opener of a three-game series against division-rival Philadelphia on Friday.

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  • W: S. Strasburg (9-4)L: S. Alcantara (4-7)
  • HR: WAS - K. Suzuki (9), M. Adams (12), V. Robles (12), J. Soto (13)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Turner SS52200001.291.351.506.8578.0
A. Eaton RF50110011.273.360.382.7421.5
A. Rendon 3B41000011.307.399.6151.0131.5
J. Soto LF41111002.301.398.533.9316.0
M. Adams 1B41131010.250.281.539.8217.5
K. Suzuki C42211000.281.323.514.8369.0
V. Robles CF41121010.242.315.442.7576.5
B. Dozier 2B40200000.232.312.431.7424.0
S. Strasburg P20000102.086.158.114.2721.0
W. Suero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- G. Parra PH10000000.217.282.354.6370.0
S. Doolittle P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-lined out for Suero in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Rojas SS52420001.286.350.357.70713.0
H. Ramirez LF40110002.313.348.407.7552.0
G. Cooper RF40110021.311.379.490.8691.0
B. Anderson 3B40000013.247.331.403.735-0.5
N. Walker 1B40000020.280.362.420.782-1.0
S. Castro 2B40000000.229.258.309.5670.0
J. Riddle CF30000010.190.229.390.619-0.5
a- Y. Rivera PH01000100.091.130.091.2212.0
B. Holaday C41200000.308.400.487.8873.0
S. Alcantara P11000010.192.250.231.4811.5
N. Anderson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- C. Granderson PH10000000.187.272.364.6360.0
J. Quijada P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Romo P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
W. Chen P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- C. Puello PH10010001.317.438.517.9551.0
  • a-walked for Riddle in the 9th
  • b-grounded out for N. Anderson in the 7th
  • c-grounded out for Chen in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Turner (13), K. Suzuki (7), B. Dozier 2 (13)
  • HR - J. Soto (13), M. Adams (12), K. Suzuki (9), V. Robles (12)
  • RBI - A. Eaton (20), J. Soto (51), M. Adams 3 (35), K. Suzuki (34), V. Robles 2 (35)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Eaton (6), J. Soto (14), M. Adams 3 (22), K. Suzuki (17), V. Robles 2 (14)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Turner, A. Rendon, S. Strasburg 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Rojas 3 (19)
  • RBI - M. Rojas 2 (23), H. Ramirez (18), G. Cooper (23), C. Puello (14)
  • 2-Out RBI - G. Cooper (12)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Rojas, H. Ramirez, B. Anderson 3 (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Turner 2 (16)
  • CS - T. Turner (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Rojas (6)
FIELDING
  • E - N. Walker
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Strasburg (W, 9-4)7.07440403.881.0719.0
W. Suero (H, 9)1.00000305.241.254.5
S. Doolittle1.01111003.271.300.0
PITCHERSIP
S. Strasburg (W, 9-4)7.0
W. Suero (H, 9)1.0
S. Doolittle1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Alcantara (L, 4-7)6.07661133.861.40-0.5
N. Anderson1.01000104.731.332.5
J. Quijada1.01110212.841.582.0
S. Romo0.21100004.661.34-1.0
W. Chen0.10000007.031.500.0
PITCHERSIP
S. Alcantara (L, 4-7)6.0
N. Anderson1.0
J. Quijada1.0
S. Romo0.2
W. Chen0.1
PITCHING
  • HBP - S. Strasburg (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Strasburg 111-75, W. Suero 12-10, S. Doolittle 16-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Strasburg 8-9, S. Doolittle 2-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Strasburg 29, W. Suero 3, S. Doolittle 5
PITCHING
  • HBP - S. Alcantara (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Alcantara 90-55, N. Anderson 10-8, J. Quijada 15-10, S. Romo 11-7, W. Chen 2-1
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Alcantara 8-9, J. Quijada 1-0, S. Romo 1-2
  • Batters Faced - S. Alcantara 27, N. Anderson 3, J. Quijada 4, S. Romo 4, W. Chen
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Turner SS52200001.291.351.506.8578.0
A. Eaton RF50110011.273.360.382.7421.5
A. Rendon 3B41000011.307.399.6151.0131.5
J. Soto LF41111002.301.398.533.9316.0
M. Adams 1B41131010.250.281.539.8217.5
K. Suzuki C42211000.281.323.514.8369.0
V. Robles CF41121010.242.315.442.7576.5
B. Dozier 2B40200000.232.312.431.7424.0
S. Strasburg P20000102.086.158.114.2721.0
W. Suero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- G. Parra PH10000000.217.282.354.6370.0
S. Doolittle P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-lined out for Suero in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Rojas SS52420001.286.350.357.70713.0
H. Ramirez LF40110002.313.348.407.7552.0
G. Cooper RF40110021.311.379.490.8691.0
B. Anderson 3B40000013.247.331.403.735-0.5
N. Walker 1B40000020.280.362.420.782-1.0
S. Castro 2B40000000.229.258.309.5670.0
J. Riddle CF30000010.190.229.390.619-0.5
a- Y. Rivera PH01000100.091.130.091.2212.0
B. Holaday C41200000.308.400.487.8873.0
S. Alcantara P11000010.192.250.231.4811.5
N. Anderson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- C. Granderson PH10000000.187.272.364.6360.0
J. Quijada P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Romo P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
W. Chen P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- C. Puello PH10010001.317.438.517.9551.0
Total355850178-----
  • a-walked for Riddle in the 9th
  • b-grounded out for N. Anderson in the 7th
  • c-grounded out for Chen in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Turner (13), K. Suzuki (7), B. Dozier 2 (13)
  • HR - J. Soto (13), M. Adams (12), K. Suzuki (9), V. Robles (12)
  • RBI - A. Eaton (20), J. Soto (51), M. Adams 3 (35), K. Suzuki (34), V. Robles 2 (35)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Eaton (6), J. Soto (14), M. Adams 3 (22), K. Suzuki (17), V. Robles 2 (14)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Turner, A. Rendon, S. Strasburg 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Rojas 3 (19)
  • RBI - M. Rojas 2 (23), H. Ramirez (18), G. Cooper (23), C. Puello (14)
  • 2-Out RBI - G. Cooper (12)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Rojas, H. Ramirez, B. Anderson 3 (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Turner 2 (16)
  • CS - T. Turner (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Rojas (6)
FIELDING
  • E - N. Walker
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Strasburg (W, 9-4)7.07440403.881.0719.0
W. Suero (H, 9)1.00000305.241.254.5
S. Doolittle1.01111003.271.300.0
Total9.0855170---
PITCHERSIP
S. Strasburg (W, 9-4)7.0
W. Suero (H, 9)1.0
S. Doolittle1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Alcantara (L, 4-7)6.07661133.861.40-0.5
N. Anderson1.01000104.731.332.5
J. Quijada1.01110212.841.582.0
S. Romo0.21100004.661.34-1.0
W. Chen0.10000007.031.500.0
Total9.01087144---
PITCHERSIP
S. Alcantara (L, 4-7)6.0
N. Anderson1.0
J. Quijada1.0
S. Romo0.2
W. Chen0.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - S. Strasburg (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Strasburg 111-75, W. Suero 12-10, S. Doolittle 16-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Strasburg 8-9, S. Doolittle 2-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Strasburg 29, W. Suero 3, S. Doolittle 5
PITCHING
  • HBP - S. Alcantara (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Alcantara 90-55, N. Anderson 10-8, J. Quijada 15-10, S. Romo 11-7, W. Chen 2-1
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Alcantara 8-9, J. Quijada 1-0, S. Romo 1-2
  • Batters Faced - S. Alcantara 27, N. Anderson 3, J. Quijada 4, S. Romo 4, W. Chen
  • 9TH INNING
    Puello grounded out to shortstop, Rivera scored, Holaday to second85
    Eaton singled to center, Turner scored84
  • 8TH INNING
    Suzuki homered to left center74
  • 6TH INNING
    Robles homered to left, Suzuki scored64
    Adams homered to right, Turner and Rendon scored44
  • 5TH INNING
    Cooper singled to shallow center, Rojas scored, Ramirez to second14
  • 4TH INNING
    Soto homered to left center13
  • 3RD INNING
    Ramirez grounded out to shortstop, Rojas scored03
    Rojas doubled to right, Holaday and Alcantara scored, Rojas to third02
  • 9TH INNING
    • Sergio Romo relieved Jose Quijada
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Dozier lined out to left
    • Gerardo Parra hit for Wander Suero
    • G. Parra: Ball, Strike looking, Parra lined out to center
    • T. Turner: Turner safe at first on 1st baseman Walker throwing error
    • A. Eaton: Strike swinging, Ball, Turner stole second, Eaton singled to center, Turner scored
    • Wei-Yin Chen relieved Sergio Romo
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Rendon flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • Sean Doolittle pitching
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Castro flied out to deep center
    • Yadiel Rivera hit for JT Riddle
    • Y. Rivera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Rivera walked
    • B. Holaday: Ball, Foul, Holaday singled to right center, Rivera to third
    • Cesar Puello hit for Wei-Yin Chen
    • C. Puello: Puello grounded out to shortstop, Rivera scored, Holaday to second
    • M. Rojas: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Rojas grounded out to second
    • End of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Jose Quijada pitching
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Soto grounded out to first
    • M. Adams: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Adams struck out on foul tip
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Suzuki homered to left center
    • V. Robles: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Robles struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Wander Suero relieved Stephen Strasburg
    • G. Cooper: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Cooper struck out looking
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
    • N. Walker: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Walker struck out looking
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Nick Anderson relieved Sandy Alcantara
    • T. Turner: Strike swinging, Turner doubled to left
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Turner caught stealing third, catcher to third, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Eaton struck out swinging
    • A. Rendon: Strike swinging, Rendon flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • B. Holaday: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Holaday popped out to second
    • Curtis Granderson hit for Nick Anderson
    • C. Granderson: Ball, Granderson grounded out to first
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Rojas doubled to left
    • H. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ramirez lined out to right
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • S. Alcantara Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Ball, Foul, Turner singled to right center
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Turner stole second, Foul, Ball, Foul, Eaton grounded out to second, Turner to third
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Rendon hit by pitch
    • J. Soto: Soto popped out to shortstop
    • M. Adams: Strike looking, Adams homered to right, Turner and Rendon scored
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Suzuki doubled to deep right
    • V. Robles: Robles homered to left, Suzuki scored
    • B. Dozier: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Dozier doubled to deep center
    • S. Strasburg: Strasburg grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (5 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • N. Walker: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Walker flied out to deep left
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Castro grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Riddle: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Riddle struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • S. Alcantara Pitching:
    • K. Suzuki: Suzuki fouled out to catcher
    • V. Robles: Ball, Robles grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Dozier doubled to shallow left
    • S. Strasburg: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strasburg grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • B. Holaday: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Holaday flied out to right
    • S. Alcantara: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Alcantara struck out looking
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rojas singled to shallow right
    • H. Ramirez: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ramirez singled to center, Rojas to third
    • G. Cooper: Cooper singled to shallow center, Rojas scored, Ramirez to second
    • B. Anderson: Anderson flied out to center
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • S. Alcantara Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Eaton flied out to right
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rendon struck out swinging
    • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Soto homered to left center
    • M. Adams: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Adams flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • N. Walker: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Walker lined out to left
    • S. Castro: Castro lined out to right
    • J. Riddle: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Riddle grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • S. Alcantara Pitching:
    • V. Robles: Robles popped out to second
    • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Dozier lined out to left
    • S. Strasburg: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strasburg walked
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Foul, Turner reached on fielder's choice to second, Strasburg out at second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • B. Holaday: Strike looking, Strike looking, Holaday reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • S. Alcantara: Ball, Alcantara hit by pitch, Holaday to second
    • M. Rojas: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rojas doubled to right, Holaday and Alcantara scored, Rojas to third
    • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to shortstop, Rojas scored
    • G. Cooper: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cooper grounded out to third
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Anderson grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 3rd (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 2ND INNING
    • S. Alcantara Pitching:
    • J. Soto: Ball, Soto flied out to left
    • M. Adams: Ball, Ball, Adams grounded out to second
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Suzuki grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • N. Walker: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
    • S. Castro: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Castro lined out to right
    • J. Riddle: Riddle flied out to left
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • S. Alcantara Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Turner grounded out to pitcher
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Eaton flied out to left
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rendon flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • M. Rojas: Rojas doubled to left center
    • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to catcher
    • G. Cooper: Strike looking, Rojas stole third, Foul, Strike swinging, Cooper struck out swinging
    • B. Anderson: Foul, Anderson grounded out to first
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)