Nats battle back to cause another team some pain in the 8th inning!

Photo by Marlene Koenig for TalkNats

Pick your star of this game. The Nats had 21-baserunners tonight and scored 12-runs in this come-from-behind win against the Marlins. With this win, the Nationals snap their 5-game losing streak as well as their Friday losing streak that dates back to August of 2018. It was not a pretty game as the Nats committed 4 errors and kicked around a few more. This was the spot start by Kyle McGowin, and he was not sharp giving up 5-runs in 4.0 innings. Joe Ross in relief gave up 3 more runs, and Tony Sipp and Sean Doolittle had both given up a run. 

The final score was 12-10 and the Nationals snapped the Marlins 6-game winning streak, and they had a one-run lead in the 8th inning until Juan Soto crushed a 3-run home run into the red porch seats, and Matt Adams put up the last run after Soto’s bomb with a long home run into the rightfield seats. That home run marked the 100th career home run of Adams’ career. The Marlins did not go away easy getting a run off of Doolittle and putting 2 more runners on-base. Fortunately both Victor Robles and Brian Dozier flashed the leather for Doolittle to help their closer finish this game.

“That was a sloppy game, but you know what — I’m tired of saying it, but I’ll keep reiterating these guys don’t quit, and they play hard. But we have to play better. We have to be consistent,” manager Dave Martinez said. “They battled back. We have to play clean baseball. If I’m a fan I’d be frustrated.”

This team never gave up in this back and forth game. The bullpen did see a really nice performance by Tanner Rainey who had to get 5-outs since there were 2 errors committed behind him. In Nats history they have had 17-games with 4 errors, but tonight is only the second time they have won a game when they committed 4 errors in a game. The offense had some big RISP hits, and Soto had 3 RBIs, Anthony Rendon had 2 RBIs, Adam Eaton had 2 RBIs, Victor Robles had 2 RBIs, and Trea Turner and Matt Adams had an RBI apiece.

In the past, the Nationals have not followed up a “feel good” win with another, but there is always tomorrow with Patrick Corbin on the mound.

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