Nats blow another lead behind Scherzer, Marlins win 3-2

WASHINGTON (AP) This time, the Nationals beleaguered bullpen wasn't alone in blowing yet another lead.

Jose Urena pitched seven solid innings, Washington again fell apart late behind ace Max Scherzer and the Miami Marlins beat the Nationals 3-2 Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep.

After Scherzer went six innings and left leading 2-1, Tanner Rainey allowed the tying run in the seventh for the Nationals' 11th blown save, matching the Chicago Cubs for most in the majors.

Kyle Barraclough (1-2) then allowed Miguel Rojas' go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth.

The bullpen blues weren't helped by shoddy defense. First baseman Matt Adams dropped Urena's bunt in the seventh trying to apply a tag, and shortstop Trea Turner sailed a ball over Adams in the eighth.

''We (gave up) two unearned runs today,'' Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. ''Those guys came in and threw the ball very well. ... We just didn't make two plays, and it cost us two runs.''

The Nationals loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning but could not push the tying run across against the relief duo of Nick Anderson and Adam Conley.

Sergio Romo pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his 10th save, dropping Washington to 22-32.

The Nationals fell to 2-10 in games started by Scherzer, who allowed seven hits and struck out six. He logged six scoreless innings in his previous start against the Mets, but New York rallied against Barraclough and closer Sean Doolittle for a 6-1 victory.

''I was able to pound the zone and throw a ton of strikes,'' said Scherzer, who also had the go-ahead RBI on Sunday, hitting an RBI single for a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning.

''They did a great job of grinding me and just fouling balls off to run the pitch count up. They just made me work.''

The Marlins (16-35) finished 4-3 on their seven-game trip through Detroit and Washington. They swept the Tigers before salvaging one out of four in the nation's capital.

''Jose was good all day, and we were able to scratch some runs in there,'' Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. ''It wasn't easy, but we got enough to get it done.''

Conley has not allowed a run in his last five appearances. He came on with two outs in the eighth to face Juan Soto, the Nationals' hottest hitter, and got him to fly out to left and end the threat.

Neil Walker had three hits, including an RBI single in the third to stake Urena to an early lead.

Urena (3-6) allowed two earned runs and four hits to improve to 5-2 against the Nationals, including an earlier win this season.

''It's a random thing. It happens,'' he said of his success against Washington. ''They are a pretty good team. That is the game sometimes. With those hitters, you have to be aggressive because they are aggressive, too.''

INSTANT IMPACT

OF Harold Ramirez singled in his first at-bat and has reached safely in 11 of 12 games since making his major league debut on May 11.

SOTO HOT RIGHT NOW

Soto extended his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games with a double to right in the fourth. He is 19 for 41 with 11 RBIs during that span.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Marlins: OF Garrett Cooper was back in the lineup after getting a day off Sunday. He went 2 for 5 with a double in the third inning.

Nationals: OF Victor Robles was given the day off to rest.

UP NEXT

Marlins: RHP Trevor Richards (1-5, 4.14) starts Tuesday's series opener against the Giants at Marlins Park.

Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (4-3, 3.25) looks for his second win in three starts Monday against Atlanta.

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  • W: J. Urena (3-6)L: K. Barraclough (1-2)S: S. Romo (10)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Granderson LF50000022.187.284.381.664-1.0
H. Ramirez CF-RF40110111.381.435.524.9592.5
G. Cooper RF51200003.214.302.339.6414.0
R. Herrera PR-CF00000000.198.274.256.5290.0
N. Walker 1B50310011.296.371.444.8154.5
S. Castro 2B41100014.227.269.283.5521.5
M. Prado 3B40100012.244.270.311.5810.5
J. Alfaro C30100002.252.314.413.7272.0
M. Rojas SS21010102.248.306.285.5913.0
J. Urena P20000021.000.063.000.063-1.0
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N. Anderson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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S. Romo P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Urena in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Turner SS30000101.238.284.413.6961.0
A. Eaton RF40000022.272.339.390.729-1.0
A. Rendon 3B30000100.322.419.6641.0831.0
J. Soto LF40100013.287.385.512.8981.5
M. Adams 1B40000011.247.271.457.727-0.5
K. Suzuki C31100100.264.313.462.7753.0
G. Parra CF41100001.231.304.355.6593.0
B. Dozier 2B20010000.211.303.363.6651.0
M. Scherzer P20110010.138.138.138.2761.5
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M. Taylor PR0000-000.236.311.327.000-
M. Grace P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
W. Suero P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-singled for Barraclough in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - G. Cooper, N. Walker (9)
  • SF - M. Rojas (3)
  • SH - J. Urena (2)
  • RBI - H. Ramirez (3), N. Walker (13), M. Rojas (14)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Walker (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Cooper 2 (2), N. Walker, S. Castro 3 (3), J. Alfaro, J. Urena, B. Anderson 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Soto (11), G. Parra (6)
  • SF - B. Dozier
  • RBI - B. Dozier (16), M. Scherzer (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Soto 3 (3), M. Adams, G. Parra
FIELDING
  • DP - (Prado-Castro-Walker)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - G. Parra (5)
  • DP - (Parra-Turner)
  • E - M. Adams (3), T. Turner (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Urena (W, 3-6)7.04221404.111.3726.0
N. Anderson (H, 2)0.21002105.401.48-2.5
A. Conley (H, 5)0.10000006.521.550.0
S. Romo (S, 10)1.00000004.261.3210.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Urena (W, 3-6)7.0
N. Anderson (H, 2)0.2
A. Conley (H, 5)0.1
S. Romo (S, 10)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer6.07111603.261.1915.0
T. Rainey (BS, 2)1.00101003.601.202.0
K. Barraclough (L, 1-2)1.01100104.871.72-2.5
M. Grace0.10000107.541.680.5
W. Suero0.21000106.851.34-0.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer6.0
T. Rainey (BS, 2)1.0
K. Barraclough (L, 1-2)1.0
M. Grace0.1
W. Suero0.2
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Urena 80-48, N. Anderson 23-12, A. Conley 6-4, S. Romo 10-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Urena 8-8
  • Batters Faced - J. Urena 25, N. Anderson 5, A. Conley, S. Romo 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - K. Barraclough (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 103-81, T. Rainey 15-9, K. Barraclough 21-14, M. Grace 4-3, W. Suero 11-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 7-4, T. Rainey 2-2, K. Barraclough 1-2, W. Suero 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 25, T. Rainey 5, K. Barraclough 6, M. Grace, W. Suero 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Granderson LF50000022.187.284.381.664-1.0
H. Ramirez CF-RF40110111.381.435.524.9592.5
G. Cooper RF51200003.214.302.339.6414.0
R. Herrera PR-CF00000000.198.274.256.5290.0
N. Walker 1B50310011.296.371.444.8154.5
S. Castro 2B41100014.227.269.283.5521.5
M. Prado 3B40100012.244.270.311.5810.5
J. Alfaro C30100002.252.314.413.7272.0
M. Rojas SS21010102.248.306.285.5913.0
J. Urena P20000021.000.063.000.063-1.0
a- B. Anderson PH10000012.230.315.358.673-0.5
N. Anderson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Conley P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Romo P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Urena in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Turner SS30000101.238.284.413.6961.0
A. Eaton RF40000022.272.339.390.729-1.0
A. Rendon 3B30000100.322.419.6641.0831.0
J. Soto LF40100013.287.385.512.8981.5
M. Adams 1B40000011.247.271.457.727-0.5
K. Suzuki C31100100.264.313.462.7753.0
G. Parra CF41100001.231.304.355.6593.0
B. Dozier 2B20010000.211.303.363.6651.0
M. Scherzer P20110010.138.138.138.2761.5
T. Rainey P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Barraclough P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- H. Kendrick PH10100000.309.350.553.9031.0
M. Taylor PR0000-000.236.311.327.000-
M. Grace P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
W. Suero P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-singled for Barraclough in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - G. Cooper, N. Walker (9)
  • SF - M. Rojas (3)
  • SH - J. Urena (2)
  • RBI - H. Ramirez (3), N. Walker (13), M. Rojas (14)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Walker (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Cooper 2 (2), N. Walker, S. Castro 3 (3), J. Alfaro, J. Urena, B. Anderson 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Soto (11), G. Parra (6)
  • SF - B. Dozier
  • RBI - B. Dozier (16), M. Scherzer (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Soto 3 (3), M. Adams, G. Parra
FIELDING
  • DP - (Prado-Castro-Walker)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - G. Parra (5)
  • DP - (Parra-Turner)
  • E - M. Adams (3), T. Turner (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Urena (W, 3-6)7.04221404.111.3726.0
N. Anderson (H, 2)0.21002105.401.48-2.5
A. Conley (H, 5)0.10000006.521.550.0
S. Romo (S, 10)1.00000004.261.3210.0
Total9.0522350---
PITCHERSIP
J. Urena (W, 3-6)7.0
N. Anderson (H, 2)0.2
A. Conley (H, 5)0.1
S. Romo (S, 10)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer6.07111603.261.1915.0
T. Rainey (BS, 2)1.00101003.601.202.0
K. Barraclough (L, 1-2)1.01100104.871.72-2.5
M. Grace0.10000107.541.680.5
W. Suero0.21000106.851.34-0.5
Total9.0931290---
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer6.0
T. Rainey (BS, 2)1.0
K. Barraclough (L, 1-2)1.0
M. Grace0.1
W. Suero0.2
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Urena 80-48, N. Anderson 23-12, A. Conley 6-4, S. Romo 10-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Urena 8-8
  • Batters Faced - J. Urena 25, N. Anderson 5, A. Conley, S. Romo 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - K. Barraclough (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 103-81, T. Rainey 15-9, K. Barraclough 21-14, M. Grace 4-3, W. Suero 11-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 7-4, T. Rainey 2-2, K. Barraclough 1-2, W. Suero 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 25, T. Rainey 5, K. Barraclough 6, M. Grace, W. Suero 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Rojas hit sacrifice fly to right, Castro scored, Prado to third32
  • 7TH INNING
    Ramirez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Rojas scored, Urena out at second22
  • 5TH INNING
    Scherzer singled to right center, Parra scored12
    Dozier hit sacrifice fly to center, Suzuki scored11
  • 3RD INNING
    Walker singled to shallow right, Cooper scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Michael Taylor ran for Howie Kendrick
    • Matt Grace pitching
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Granderson struck out swinging
    • Wander Suero relieved Matt Grace
    • H. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to second
    • G. Cooper: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Cooper singled to shallow right
    • Rosell Herrera ran for Garrett Cooper
    • N. Walker: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Sergio Romo relieved Adam Conley
    • M. Adams: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Adams fouled out to first
    • K. Suzuki: Foul, Foul, Suzuki flied out to left
    • G. Parra: Ball, Foul, Parra flied out to center
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Kyle Barraclough relieved Tanner Rainey
    • N. Walker: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Walker flied out to deep left
    • S. Castro: Ball, Castro singled to shallow center
    • M. Prado: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Prado safe at first on shortstop Turner throwing error, Castro to third
    • J. Alfaro: Ball, Alfaro hit by pitch, Prado to second
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Rojas hit sacrifice fly to right, Castro scored, Prado to third
    • Brian Anderson hit for Jose Urena
    • B. Anderson: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Anderson struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • Nick Anderson pitching
    • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Dozier flied out to deep left
    • Howie Kendrick hit for Kyle Barraclough
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Kendrick singled to shallow left
    • T. Turner: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Turner walked, Taylor to second
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Eaton struck out swinging
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Rendon walked, Taylor to third, Turner to second
    • Adam Conley relieved Nick Anderson
    • J. Soto: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Soto lined out to left
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Tanner Rainey relieved Max Scherzer
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Rojas walked
    • J. Urena: Foul, Urena hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Rojas to second on 1st baseman Adams fielding error
    • C. Granderson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Granderson lined out to center, Rojas to third
    • H. Ramirez: Foul, Ramirez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Rojas scored, Urena out at second
    • G. Cooper: Ball, Cooper lined out to right
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • J. Urena Pitching:
    • M. Adams: Ball, Adams lined out to center
    • K. Suzuki: Suzuki flied out to left
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Foul, Parra lined out to shortstop
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • N. Walker: Strike looking, Ball, Walker doubled to deep right center
    • S. Castro: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Castro struck out looking
    • M. Prado: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Prado struck out on foul tip
    • J. Alfaro: Ball, Alfaro grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Urena Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Ball, Eaton grounded out to pitcher
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Rendon popped out to second
    • J. Soto: Ball, Soto grounded out to first
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • J. Urena: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Urena struck out swinging
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Granderson grounded out to first
    • H. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramirez walked
    • G. Cooper: Strike looking, Cooper grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Urena Pitching:
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Suzuki walked
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Parra doubled to shallow right, Suzuki to third
    • B. Dozier: Dozier hit sacrifice fly to center, Suzuki scored
    • M. Scherzer: Ball, Foul, Scherzer singled to right center, Parra scored
    • T. Turner: Turner grounded into double play third to second to first, Scherzer out at second
    • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • M. Prado: Foul, Ball, Prado grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Alfaro: Alfaro singled to shallow left center
    • M. Rojas: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Rojas flied into double play center to shortstop, Alfaro out at second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Urena Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Eaton flied out to left
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Rendon popped out to third
    • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Soto doubled to right
    • M. Adams: Strike looking, Adams grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Granderson struck out swinging
    • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
    • G. Cooper: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Cooper doubled to right
    • N. Walker: Strike swinging, Foul, Walker singled to shallow right, Cooper scored
    • S. Castro: Castro flied out to left
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Urena Pitching:
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Dozier grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Scherzer: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Scherzer struck out swinging
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Turner grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • M. Prado: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Prado singled to left
    • J. Alfaro: Foul, Alfaro grounded out to shortstop, Prado to second
    • M. Rojas: Strike swinging, Foul, Rojas grounded out to shortstop, Prado to third
    • J. Urena: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Urena struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Urena Pitching:
    • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Soto struck out swinging
    • M. Adams: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Adams struck out looking
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Ball, Suzuki singled to left center
    • G. Parra: Foul, Parra grounded out to first
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • C. Granderson: Ball, Granderson flied out to right
    • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez singled to shallow center
    • G. Cooper: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Cooper fouled out to first
    • N. Walker: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Walker singled to shallow right center, Ramirez to third
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Strike looking, Castro reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Walker out at second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Urena Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Ball, Foul, Turner grounded out to third
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Eaton struck out looking
    • A. Rendon: Foul, Ball, Rendon lined out to third
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)