Alfaro’s early home run leads Marlins to beat Nationals
MIAMI – Jorge Alfaro hit a home run and a single, rookie Bryan De La Cruz had three hits and the Miami Marlins defeated the Washington Nationals 7-5 on Thursday night.
De La Cruz increased his batting average to .353 since Miami acquired him from Houston on July 30. Miguel Rojas also went safety and Brian Anderson had two hits and two RBIs for the Marlins, who won their second straight game after breaking an eight-game loss. Wednesday streak.
Elieser Hernández allowed two runs and six hits in five innings. Hernández (1-1) struck out four and walked.
Washington’s Juan Soto hit his 21st home run, a two-run shot.
Alfaro capped a four-run first inning with his three-run series against starter Patrick Corbin (7-13). Alfaro hit Corbin’s slider off the wall in center for his fourth home run of the season. The Marlins took a 1-0 lead on Anderson’s RBI single.
Rojas’ two-run shot in the second, the seventh of the season, increased Miami’s lead to 6-0.
Marlins center fielder Lewis Brinson was retired with a sprained left thumb in the fifth. Brinson collided with left fielder De La Cruz as the two tried unsuccessfully to catch a fly ball hit by Alcides Escobar in the fifth.
Escobar finished second after the ball was thrown from De La Cruz’s glove, and Brinson was accused of error. Soto continued his shot over the center field wall.
Trailing 7-3, Escobar singled with one out and Soto walked off reliever Anthony Bass in the ninth. Richard Bleier relieved Bass and allowed Josh Bell’s RBI single. Yadiel Hernández reached on a selection play that scored Soto from third.
Bleier hit Carter Kieboom before Dylan Floro came in to retreat pinch hitter Riley Adams on a fly to right field for his sixth save.
The Nationals loaded the bases in the fourth with one-out singles by Yadiel Hernández, Kieboom and Luis García. But Elieser Hernández struck out Tres Barrera and retired pinch-hitter Lane Thomas on a pop out to catcher Alfaro.
Thomas’s pinch-hitting appearance ended with Corbin’s departure after three innings and 58 pitches. Corbin allowed six runs and four hits, while striking out three and walking two.
Marlins: RHP Zach Pop (right middle finger pain) pitched another relief inning Thursday at Low-A Jupiter.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
Nationals: RHP Paolo Espino (3-4, 4.28) will start the first game of a three-game series for the New York Mets on Friday.
Marlins: RHP Zach Thompson (2-5, 2.97) will start Game 1 of a home series against the Cincinnati Reds on Friday.
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