Nationals top Marlins, win three straight for first time this season
Fifty-three games into the season, the Washington Nationals finally achieved it: three wins in a row. They just had to play the only worse team in the National League to do it.
The Nationals staved off the Miami Marlins 9-6 at home on Sunday afternoon, taking win No. 3 in a four-game series and digging a bit further out of baseball’s cellar despite another near-collapse from the bullpen.
Howie Kendrick finished with three hits, a home run and 3 RBI, and Anthony Rendon and Brian Dozier added 2 RBI apiece for the Nationals (22-31).
In his second start of the year, Erick Fedde pitched five innings of shutout ball with four strikeouts. He got into and out of jams in the third and fifth innings, keeping the Marlins’ runners at bay. One day after Patrick Corbin shut out Miami, the Marlins (16-34) couldn’t score until the eighth inning Sunday.