The Miami Marlins extended their winning streak to five games with a come from behind 7-6 win over the Washington Nationals on Monday.
In the ninth, the Marlins began their four-run winning rally with a run-scoring single from Marcell Ozuna. Miami had runners on the corners with nobody out following that hit. Jarrod Saltalamacchia followed with a sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to one.
Adeiny Hechavarria came up next and added an RBI triple to tie the game. Next, Donovan Solano was hit with a pitch to put runners at first and third with one out. After a Christian Yelich, the batter was Jeff Baker who hit the game-winning fly ball to left field.
Nathan Eovaldi started the game poorly but then settled in until a rough final inning of work. In the first inning, it took Eovaldi 31 pitches to get three outs. After that, he worked the next five innings efficiently and without allowing a run.
In the sixth inning, the first Nationals to come to the plate singled off of Eovaldi. He would also allow a walk before being lifted in favor of Dan Jennings with the bases loaded. In all, the right-hander's line consisted of five runs on six hits in 5.1 innings of work. Three of those runs scored when Jennings inherited them.
It was a tough outing for Jennings who has struggled all season long with inherited runners. The young lefty walked one and gave up a hit. In addition to letting all of Eovaldi's runners score, Jennings gave up a run of his own as well. Chris Hatcher was brought in to put an end to the inning when manager Mike Redmond had seen enough.
Sam Dyson gave Redmond two scoreless innings of relief which served a dual purpose. Not only did it keep Miami in the game, but it saved an arm for Tuesday's game. Mike Dunn pitched a scoreless ninth and came away with the win after the comeback.
Miami scored two of its runs in the seventh inning when trailing by six. Garrett Jones and Ozuna accounted for a run batted in each. Jones came on his second triple of the season.
The Marlins will try to make it six wins in a row on Tuesday when Henderson Alvarez makes the start.