Marlins end 4-game skid, top Nats 3-2 but fire hitting coach

MIAMI (AP) The first run came home on an error. The lead was seized with a bases-loaded walk, and a hit batsman scored the other run.

It was an offensive outburst, Marlins-style.

Even in victory, Miami's offense was so unimpressive that afterward Mike Pagliarulo was fired as hitting coach.

The Marlins' feeble attack mustered only six hits but manufactured just enough for them to break a four-game losing streak and beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 Friday.

''It's a lot closer to what we need to be,'' manager Don Mattingly said. ''We're going to have to scratch for runs. There was no big explosion.''

Miami, last in the majors in runs, went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position. But pinch-hitter Martin Prado's bases-loaded walk in the sixth put the Marlins ahead for the first time since Saturday, and they won after being shut out in the past two games.

Those losses sealed the fate of Pagliarulo, who had been with the team since 2017. Assistant hitting coach Jeff Livesey was promoted to interim head hitting coach, and Eric Duncan was named assistant hitting coach.

''You look at the makeup of our club, and we feel like we can do better,'' president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. ''Our offensive approach - we're an easy team to pitch to. We didn't get the feeling we were making the necessary adjustments and battling and fighting the way we know this team is capable of. We felt like it was time for a new voice.''

Benefiting from the rare run support was Caleb Smith (2-0), who struck out eight and allowed one run in six innings. He won his second start in a row and lowered his ERA to 2.35.

Three relievers completed a six-hitter. Sergio Romo pitched a perfect ninth for his second save, and his first since March 31 as Miami (5-15) won a series opener for the first time.

''Every team has a chance to beat you,'' Nationals second baseman Brian Dozier said. ''That was a showing of that tonight.''

Dozier's second homer of the season wasn't enough for Washington. Teammate Anthony Rendon doubled to extend his hitting streak to 17 games, longest in the majors this year.

Anibal Sanchez (0-2) allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings.

The Marlins took the lead in the sixth, and they had help. With the score 1-all and runners at second and third, Sanchez fielded Rosell Herrera's bunt and threw home while the runners held, which loaded the bases.

Sanchez walked Prado on a 3-1 pitch to make the score 2-1. Reliever Matt Grace's first pitch hit Curtis Granderson in the hip, bringing in another run.

''They did enough to win,'' Sanchez said.

The Marlins ended a streak of 24 consecutive scoreless innings when they broke through in the second, and again they had help. An error by first baseman Ryan Zimmerman allowed a runner to come home from third.

Washington scratched out a run in the first. Adam Eaton led off with a bunt single, took second on a wild pitch and came home on Juan Soto's single.

Smith retired 15 of the final 18 batters he faced.

''Once I get settled in, it's hard to get me off my rhythm,'' he said.

ROSTER MOVE

Before the game, the Nationals placed RHP Austen Williams (sprained right AC joint) on the 10-day injured list retroactive to Thursday, and recalled RHP Austin Adams from Triple-A Fresno.

UP NEXT

Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer (1-2, 3.33), who is scheduled to start Saturday, won all five of his starts last year against Miami with a 2.38 ERA. In 19 career starts against the Marlins, Scherzer is 12-3 with a 2.98 ERA.

Marlins: RHP Jose Urena (0-3, 6.53) went 2-0 with a 2.14 ERA in three starts against Washington last year.

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  • W: C. Smith (2-0)L: A. Sanchez (0-2)S: S. Romo (2)
  • HR: WAS - B. Dozier (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Eaton RF41100011.315.390.397.7881.5
A. Rendon 3B30100112.377.450.7831.2332.5
J. Soto LF40110013.262.392.477.8691.5
R. Zimmerman 1B30000002.182.292.273.5650.0
J. Ross P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Sipp P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- H. Kendrick PH10000010.455.5361.0001.536-0.5
K. Suzuki C40100011.241.303.448.7510.5
B. Dozier 2B41111001.182.237.309.5466.0
W. Difo SS30000030.216.298.353.651-1.5
A. Sanchez P20000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
M. Grace P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Adams 1B10000010.200.192.520.712-0.5
V. Robles CF30100020.274.328.532.8612.0
  • a-struck out for Sipp in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Granderson LF40010032.137.262.275.5370.5
S. Romo P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
N. Walker 1B30000103.211.286.386.6721.0
B. Anderson 3B30100104.222.317.333.6504.0
J. Alfaro C40000033.300.340.480.820-1.5
S. Castro 2B31200100.234.289.325.6144.0
M. Rojas SS41200013.302.356.396.7523.5
I. Galloway CF-RF41110002.250.250.250.5003.0
R. Herrera RF-LF40000004.130.184.174.3580.0
C. Smith P20000012.125.125.125.250-0.5
a- M. Prado PH00010100.382.432.471.9032.0
N. Anderson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Steckenrider P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Conley P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- L. Brinson PH-CF10000000.190.239.254.4930.0
  • a-walked for Smith in the 6th
  • b-grounded out for Conley in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Rendon (10)
  • HR - B. Dozier (2)
  • RBI - J. Soto (14), B. Dozier (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Soto 2 (2), R. Zimmerman, K. Suzuki
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Rojas (5)
  • RBI - C. Granderson (5), I. Galloway, M. Prado (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Granderson 2 (2), B. Anderson 3 (3), J. Alfaro 2 (2), M. Rojas 2 (2), I. Galloway
BASERUNNING
  • SB - V. Robles (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - B. Anderson (3)
FIELDING
  • E - R. Zimmerman
FIELDING
  • DP - (Anderson-Castro-Walker)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Sanchez (L, 0-2)5.15334604.911.551.0
M. Grace0.10000007.711.710.0
J. Ross2.01000106.230.925.5
T. Sipp0.100001012.462.080.5
PITCHERSIP
A. Sanchez (L, 0-2)5.1
M. Grace0.1
J. Ross2.0
T. Sipp0.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Smith (W, 2-0)6.05110802.350.8726.0
N. Anderson (H, 1)1.01110312.791.142.5
D. Steckenrider (H, 1)0.20001107.270.92-0.5
A. Conley (H, 3)0.10000007.712.140.0
S. Romo (S, 2)1.00000107.711.5710.5
PITCHERSIP
C. Smith (W, 2-0)6.0
N. Anderson (H, 1)1.0
D. Steckenrider (H, 1)0.2
A. Conley (H, 3)0.1
S. Romo (S, 2)1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - M. Grace
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 90-52, M. Grace 5-3, J. Ross 22-18, T. Sipp 7-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 7-5, J. Ross 2-3
  • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 27, M. Grace 2, J. Ross 7, T. Sipp
PITCHING
  • WP - C. Smith 2 (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Smith 87-61, N. Anderson 14-12, D. Steckenrider 18-8, A. Conley 3-2, S. Romo 10-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Smith 7-2, S. Romo 1-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Smith 22, N. Anderson 4, D. Steckenrider 3, A. Conley, S. Romo 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Eaton RF41100011.315.390.397.7881.5
A. Rendon 3B30100112.377.450.7831.2332.5
J. Soto LF40110013.262.392.477.8691.5
R. Zimmerman 1B30000002.182.292.273.5650.0
J. Ross P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Sipp P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- H. Kendrick PH10000010.455.5361.0001.536-0.5
K. Suzuki C40100011.241.303.448.7510.5
B. Dozier 2B41111001.182.237.309.5466.0
W. Difo SS30000030.216.298.353.651-1.5
A. Sanchez P20000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
M. Grace P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Adams 1B10000010.200.192.520.712-0.5
V. Robles CF30100020.274.328.532.8612.0
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  • a-struck out for Sipp in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Granderson LF40010032.137.262.275.5370.5
S. Romo P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
N. Walker 1B30000103.211.286.386.6721.0
B. Anderson 3B30100104.222.317.333.6504.0
J. Alfaro C40000033.300.340.480.820-1.5
S. Castro 2B31200100.234.289.325.6144.0
M. Rojas SS41200013.302.356.396.7523.5
I. Galloway CF-RF41110002.250.250.250.5003.0
R. Herrera RF-LF40000004.130.184.174.3580.0
C. Smith P20000012.125.125.125.250-0.5
a- M. Prado PH00010100.382.432.471.9032.0
N. Anderson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Steckenrider P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Conley P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- L. Brinson PH-CF10000000.190.239.254.4930.0
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  • a-walked for Smith in the 6th
  • b-grounded out for Conley in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Rendon (10)
  • HR - B. Dozier (2)
  • RBI - J. Soto (14), B. Dozier (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Soto 2 (2), R. Zimmerman, K. Suzuki
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Rojas (5)
  • RBI - C. Granderson (5), I. Galloway, M. Prado (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Granderson 2 (2), B. Anderson 3 (3), J. Alfaro 2 (2), M. Rojas 2 (2), I. Galloway
BASERUNNING
  • SB - V. Robles (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - B. Anderson (3)
FIELDING
  • E - R. Zimmerman
FIELDING
  • DP - (Anderson-Castro-Walker)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Sanchez (L, 0-2)5.15334604.911.551.0
M. Grace0.10000007.711.710.0
J. Ross2.01000106.230.925.5
T. Sipp0.100001012.462.080.5
Total8.0633480---
PITCHERSIP
A. Sanchez (L, 0-2)5.1
M. Grace0.1
J. Ross2.0
T. Sipp0.1
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Smith (W, 2-0)6.05110802.350.8726.0
N. Anderson (H, 1)1.01110312.791.142.5
D. Steckenrider (H, 1)0.20001107.270.92-0.5
A. Conley (H, 3)0.10000007.712.140.0
S. Romo (S, 2)1.00000107.711.5710.5
Total9.06221131---
PITCHERSIP
C. Smith (W, 2-0)6.0
N. Anderson (H, 1)1.0
D. Steckenrider (H, 1)0.2
A. Conley (H, 3)0.1
S. Romo (S, 2)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - M. Grace
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 90-52, M. Grace 5-3, J. Ross 22-18, T. Sipp 7-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 7-5, J. Ross 2-3
  • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 27, M. Grace 2, J. Ross 7, T. Sipp
PITCHING
  • WP - C. Smith 2 (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Smith 87-61, N. Anderson 14-12, D. Steckenrider 18-8, A. Conley 3-2, S. Romo 10-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Smith 7-2, S. Romo 1-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Smith 22, N. Anderson 4, D. Steckenrider 3, A. Conley, S. Romo 3
  • 7TH INNING
    Dozier homered to left23
  • 6TH INNING
    Granderson hit by pitch, Galloway scored, Herrera to third, Prado to second13
    Prado walked, Rojas scored, Galloway to third, Herrera to second12
  • 2ND INNING
    Galloway safe at first on 1st baseman Zimmerman fielding error, Castro scored, Rojas to second11
  • 1ST INNING
    Soto singled to shallow left, Eaton scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Sergio Romo pitching
    • Howie Kendrick hit for Tony Sipp
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kendrick struck out swinging
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Suzuki grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Dozier flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Drew Steckenrider relieved Nick Anderson
    • V. Robles: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Robles struck out looking
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Eaton fouled out to third
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rendon walked
    • Adam Conley relieved Drew Steckenrider
    • J. Soto: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Soto popped out to third
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Ross Pitching:
    • R. Herrera: Herrera grounded out to shortstop
    • Lewis Brinson hit for Adam Conley
    • L. Brinson: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Brinson grounded out to shortstop
    • Tony Sipp relieved Joe Ross
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Granderson struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Nick Anderson pitching
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Suzuki struck out swinging
    • B. Dozier: Dozier homered to left
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Difo struck out swinging
    • M. Adams: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Adams struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Ross Pitching:
    • J. Alfaro: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
    • S. Castro: Castro singled to shallow left
    • M. Rojas: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Rojas fouled out to first
    • I. Galloway: Foul, Ball, Galloway flied out to center
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Eaton grounded out to second
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Rendon doubled to left
    • J. Soto: Ball, Rendon to third on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Soto struck out swinging
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Zimmerman flied out to right
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • S. Castro: Foul, Ball, Castro popped out to first
    • M. Rojas: Rojas doubled to right
    • I. Galloway: Foul, Galloway reached on an infield single to shortstop, Rojas to third
    • R. Herrera: Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Herrera reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Galloway to second
    • Martin Prado hit for Caleb Smith
    • M. Prado: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Prado walked, Rojas scored, Galloway to third, Herrera to second
    • Matt Grace relieved Anibal Sanchez
    • C. Granderson: Ball, Granderson hit by pitch, Galloway scored, Herrera to third, Prado to second
    • N. Walker: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Walker lined out to second
    • Joe Ross pitching
    • Matt Adams at first base
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Anderson flied out to right
    • End of the 6th (4 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • W. Difo: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Difo struck out swinging
    • A. Sanchez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
    • V. Robles: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Robles struck out looking
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • C. Granderson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Granderson struck out swinging
    • N. Walker: Ball, Ball, Walker grounded out to second
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Anderson singled to shallow center
    • J. Alfaro: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Alfaro grounded out to first
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Strike looking, Zimmerman grounded out to third
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Suzuki singled to shallow center
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Dozier grounded out to second, Suzuki out at second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • I. Galloway: Strike looking, Ball, Galloway lined out to right
    • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Herrera flied out to right
    • C. Smith: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • V. Robles: Strike swinging, Robles reached on bunt single to second
    • A. Eaton: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Robles stole second, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Eaton struck out swinging
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Rendon grounded out to pitcher, Robles to third
    • J. Soto: Ball, Strike looking, Soto grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • N. Walker: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Walker grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Anderson walked
    • J. Alfaro: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Anderson stole second, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
    • S. Castro: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Castro walked
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Rojas struck out looking
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 2ND INNING
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Dozier grounded out to third
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Difo struck out on foul tip
    • A. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • S. Castro: Ball, Foul, Ball, Castro singled to left
    • M. Rojas: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Rojas singled to left center, Castro to third
    • I. Galloway: Pickoff attempt to first, Galloway safe at first on 1st baseman Zimmerman fielding error, Castro scored, Rojas to second
    • R. Herrera: Ball, Herrera flied out to left
    • C. Smith: Smith reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Rojas out at third, Galloway to second
    • C. Granderson: Ball, Granderson grounded out to first
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 1ST INNING
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Eaton reached on bunt single to second
    • A. Rendon: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Eaton to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Rendon struck out swinging
    • J. Soto: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Soto singled to shallow left, Eaton scored
    • R. Zimmerman: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Zimmerman reached on fielder's choice to second, Soto out at second
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Suzuki flied out to left
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Granderson struck out looking
    • N. Walker: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Walker walked
    • B. Anderson: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Anderson lined out to center
    • J. Alfaro: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)