Reynolds' homer in 9th helps Nationals rally past Miami 4-1

MIAMI (AP) When Bryce Harper struck out in the first inning, he stomped back to the dugout and took three swings at the bat rack , shattering his bat and producing a trio of angry thuds that reverberated in the stands.

The Washington Nationals' mood didn't improve much until the eighth, when Wilmer Difo hit a game-tying homer off the foul pole, and they rallied to beat the Miami Marlins for the 10th consecutive time Saturday, 4-1.

Difo pounded his chest in celebration and skipped into the dugout, and his enthusiasm proved infectious. Justin Miller made his Nationals debut by pitching out of a jam in the bottom of the inning, and Mark Reynolds hit a tiebreaking homer leading off the ninth.

''All it takes sometimes is one swing to get a little energy in the club, and Difo did that for us today,'' Reynolds said. ''He got guys fired up.''

Miami's Wei-Yin Chen took a two-hitter and a 1-0 lead into the eighth. He was especially dominant against Harper, who endured his first four-strikeout game since 2016.

Harper has 15 homers, but also a batting average of .231.

''He'll snap out of it,'' manager Dave Martinez said. ''He's fouling his pitches off. We've got to get him to slow down a little bit and take his walks, get on base and start having fun again.''

Chen departed after giving up the one-out homer to Difo, and Reynolds connected against Brad Ziegler (0-4). Pinch-hitter Matt Adams and Trea Turner each added an RBI single in the ninth.

''To come through when it's clutch time - we've been doing that,'' Nationals starter Tanner Roark said. ''We showed it today.''

Roark allowed four hits and one run in seven innings. Sean Doolittle pitched a perfect ninth for his 11th save and second in as many days.

But perhaps the most important pitch thrown by the Nationals came from Miller (1-0). With the score tied, the Marlins had runners at second and third with one out in the eighth, but Miller came on to strike out Starlin Castro on three pitches to end the threat.

Miller's reaction when he walked off the mound?

''That was quick,'' he said with a laugh. The outing was his first in the big leagues since 2016.

Nineteen-year-old Juan Soto had two doubles among the Nationals' seven hits. They've outscored Miami 66-18 during their 10-game winning streak in the series.

NEW HOME

Reynolds has five homers and a .444 average in 27 at-bats since being called up from Triple-A. The 13-year veteran had a difficult time finding a free agent deal last winter but signed with the Nationals in April.

''It has been a long road to get back up here,'' he said. ''A frustrating offseason. I was kind of coming to grips with not playing any more, gave it a shot and here I am.''

STELLAR PERFORMANCE

Chen's 7 1/3-inning outing was his longest in more than a year. He retired 13 in a row during one stretch.

''It has been a long time I pitched into the eighth inning,'' the Taiwanese left-hander said through a translator. ''I tried not to overthink about it and just attack the hitters.''

Chen is coming back from an elbow ailment that limited him to five starts in 2017. He struggled early this season, but has lowered his ERA from 10.22 to 5.22 by allowing a total of three runs in his past three starts.

''He pitched unbelievable,'' Martinez said. ''He kept us off balance. He's got a really quick arm. He throws 90, but it plays more like 95.''

GETTING ROCKED

Ziegler's ERA rose to 7.54. The groundball pitcher and closer has allowed 32 hits in 22 2/3 innings.

''You have to be concerned to some degree,'' manager Don Mattingly said. ''He still throws the ball that does a lot, but more and more balls are getting through.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: LHP Matt Grace (left groin) is scheduled to begin a rehab stint when he pitches Monday for Double-A Harrisburg. He may need only one outing before rejoining the Nationals. ... RHP Jeremy Hellickson (blister) is expected to make his next start as scheduled Tuesday at Baltimore.

UP NEXT

RHP Stephen Strasburg (5-4, 3.36) will try to help the Nationals complete a sweep Sunday when he faces RHP Elieser Hernandez (0-1, 2.08).

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  • W: J. Miller (1-0)L: B. Ziegler (0-4)S: S. Doolittle (11)
  • HR: WAS - M. Reynolds (5), W. Difo (3)
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J. Soto LF41200000.294.429.5881.0175.0
M. Taylor CF20000211.191.259.335.5951.5
P. Severino C30000113.223.333.298.6310.5
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  • a-flied out for Roark in the 8th
  • b-singled for Miller in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Dietrich LF30000101.251.307.400.7073.0
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S. Castro 2B30000114.291.332.383.7140.5
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O. Despaigne P00000000.333.333.333.6670.0
  • a-singled for Barraclough in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Soto 2 (2)
  • HR - M. Reynolds (5), W. Difo (3)
  • RBI - T. Turner (21), M. Reynolds (7), M. Adams (31), W. Difo (13)
  • 2-Out RBI - T. Turner (12)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Realmuto 2 (8)
  • SH - M. Rojas (2)
  • RBI - B. Anderson (23)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Turner (14)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - D. Dietrich
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Turner-Difo-Reynolds; Turner-Difo-Reynolds)
  • E - A. Rendon
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Roark7.04112503.170.9919.5
T. Collins0.22000000.001.13-2.0
J. Miller0.10000100.000.00-
S. Doolittle (S, 11)1.00000101.930.5610.5
PITCHERSIP
T. Roark7.0
T. Collins0.2
J. Miller0.1
S. Doolittle (S, 11)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
W. Chen7.13112615.221.4021.0
K. Barraclough0.20001001.540.99-1.0
B. Ziegler (L, 0-4)0.24331117.541.59-12.5
O. Despaigne0.10000105.631.440.5
PITCHERSIP
W. Chen7.1
K. Barraclough0.2
B. Ziegler (L, 0-4)0.2
O. Despaigne0.1
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Roark 111-71, T. Collins 11-9, J. Miller 3-3, S. Doolittle 11-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Roark 10-5, T. Collins 1-1
  • Batters Faced - T. Roark 26, T. Collins 4, J. Miller, S. Doolittle 3
PITCHING
  • IBB - W. Chen
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. Chen 94-67, K. Barraclough 17-10, B. Ziegler 27-17, O. Despaigne 4-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Chen 8-8, K. Barraclough 1-1, B. Ziegler 1-0
  • Batters Faced - W. Chen 27, K. Barraclough 3, B. Ziegler 7, O. Despaigne
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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B. Harper RF40000143.231.383.526.909-1.0
A. Rendon 3B40000002.256.346.427.7730.0
M. Reynolds 1B41111010.444.4831.0371.5205.5
J. Soto LF41200000.294.429.5881.0175.0
M. Taylor CF20000211.191.259.335.5951.5
P. Severino C30000113.223.333.298.6310.5
T. Roark P20000012.100.143.100.243-0.5
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W. Difo 2B41111002.258.344.364.7086.0
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  • a-flied out for Roark in the 8th
  • b-singled for Miller in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Dietrich LF30000101.251.307.400.7073.0
J. Realmuto C41300001.325.380.548.9276.0
J. Bour 1B40000025.229.379.431.810-1.0
S. Castro 2B30000114.291.332.383.7140.5
B. Anderson RF40210000.282.366.388.7543.0
M. Rojas 3B30000003.257.325.408.7330.0
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L. Brinson CF30000011.156.202.272.474-0.5
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  • a-singled for Barraclough in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Soto 2 (2)
  • HR - M. Reynolds (5), W. Difo (3)
  • RBI - T. Turner (21), M. Reynolds (7), M. Adams (31), W. Difo (13)
  • 2-Out RBI - T. Turner (12)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Realmuto 2 (8)
  • SH - M. Rojas (2)
  • RBI - B. Anderson (23)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Turner (14)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - D. Dietrich
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Turner-Difo-Reynolds; Turner-Difo-Reynolds)
  • E - A. Rendon
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Roark7.04112503.170.9919.5
T. Collins0.22000000.001.13-2.0
J. Miller0.10000100.000.00-
S. Doolittle (S, 11)1.00000101.930.5610.5
Total9.0611270---
PITCHERSIP
T. Roark7.0
T. Collins0.2
J. Miller0.1
S. Doolittle (S, 11)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
W. Chen7.13112615.221.4021.0
K. Barraclough0.20001001.540.99-1.0
B. Ziegler (L, 0-4)0.24331117.541.59-12.5
O. Despaigne0.10000105.631.440.5
Total9.0744482---
PITCHERSIP
W. Chen7.1
K. Barraclough0.2
B. Ziegler (L, 0-4)0.2
O. Despaigne0.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Roark 111-71, T. Collins 11-9, J. Miller 3-3, S. Doolittle 11-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Roark 10-5, T. Collins 1-1
  • Batters Faced - T. Roark 26, T. Collins 4, J. Miller, S. Doolittle 3
PITCHING
  • IBB - W. Chen
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. Chen 94-67, K. Barraclough 17-10, B. Ziegler 27-17, O. Despaigne 4-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Chen 8-8, K. Barraclough 1-1, B. Ziegler 1-0
  • Batters Faced - W. Chen 27, K. Barraclough 3, B. Ziegler 7, O. Despaigne
  • 9TH INNING
    Turner singled to center, Adams scored, Difo to third41
    Adams reached on an infield single to second, Soto scored, Taylor to third31
    Reynolds homered to center21
  • 8TH INNING
    Difo homered to left11
  • 4TH INNING
    Anderson singled to right center, Realmuto scored, Castro to third01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Brad Ziegler pitching
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reynolds homered to center
    • J. Soto: Soto doubled to deep left
    • M. Taylor: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Taylor walked
    • P. Severino: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Severino struck out swinging
    • Matt Adams hit for Justin Miller
    • M. Adams: Strike looking, Adams reached on an infield single to second, Soto scored, Taylor to third
    • W. Difo: Ball, Pickoff attempt to third, Strike swinging, Ball, Difo reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Taylor out at home, Adams to second
    • T. Turner: Foul, Turner singled to center, Adams scored, Difo to third
    • Odrisamer Despaigne relieved Brad Ziegler
    • B. Harper: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Sean Doolittle pitching
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Anderson fouled out to catcher
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Rojas flied out to right
    • J. Riddle: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Riddle struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Adrian Sanchez hit for Tanner Roark
    • A. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Sanchez flied out to center
    • W. Difo: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Difo homered to left
    • Kyle Barraclough relieved Wei-Yin Chen
    • T. Turner: Turner grounded out to third
    • B. Harper: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Harper walked
    • A. Rendon: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Rendon lined out to third
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Tim Collins pitching
    • Cameron Maybin hit for Kyle Barraclough
    • C. Maybin: Ball, Strike looking, Maybin singled to left
    • D. Dietrich: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Dietrich flied out to deep center
    • J. Realmuto: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Realmuto doubled to left, Maybin to third
    • J. Bour: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Bour reached on fielder's choice to first, Maybin out at home, Realmuto to third
    • Justin Miller relieved Tim Collins
    • S. Castro: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Castro struck out looking
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
    • J. Soto: Ball, Soto grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Taylor walked
    • P. Severino: Strike looking, Severino flied out to right
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • B. Anderson: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Anderson singled to left center
    • M. Rojas: Rojas hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Anderson to second
    • J. Riddle: Foul, Ball, Riddle grounded out to shortstop, Anderson to third
    • L. Brinson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Brinson flied out to right
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Foul, Foul, Turner fouled out to first
    • B. Harper: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Harper struck out looking
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Rendon flied out to left
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Dietrich walked
    • J. Realmuto: Realmuto flied out to right
    • J. Bour: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Bour struck out looking, Dietrich stole second
    • S. Castro: Ball, Castro grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • P. Severino: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Severino grounded out to second
    • T. Roark: Ball, Strike looking, Roark grounded out to third
    • W. Difo: Strike swinging, Difo lined out to right
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • J. Riddle: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Riddle struck out looking
    • L. Brinson: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Brinson struck out swinging
    • W. Chen: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Chen struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Reynolds grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Soto: Strike swinging, Soto grounded out to catcher
    • M. Taylor: Taylor grounded out to catcher
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Realmuto doubled to deep left
    • J. Bour: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bour struck out swinging
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Castro walked
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Anderson singled to right center, Realmuto scored, Castro to third
    • M. Rojas: Pickoff attempt to first, Rojas grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Anderson out at second
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Difo flied out to left
    • T. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Turner singled to center
    • B. Harper: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
    • A. Rendon: Foul, Ball, Turner stole second, Ball, Rendon fouled out to first
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • L. Brinson: Brinson grounded out to shortstop
    • W. Chen: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Chen grounded out to pitcher
    • D. Dietrich: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Dietrich flied out to right
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Ball, Reynolds grounded out to third
    • J. Soto: Foul, Soto doubled to deep right
    • M. Taylor: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • P. Severino: Severino intentionally walked
    • T. Roark: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Roark struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Anderson safe at first on 3rd baseman Rendon fielding error
    • M. Rojas: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Rojas grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Anderson out at second
    • J. Riddle: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Riddle lined out to left
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 1ST INNING
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Turner flied out to left
    • B. Harper: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Rendon grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • D. Dietrich: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Dietrich grounded out to third
    • J. Realmuto: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Realmuto reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • J. Bour: Ball, Strike looking, Bour lined out to center
    • S. Castro: Ball, Castro grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)