Walk Off Single in 9th Lifts Washington Nationals Past Miami Marlins

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  • The Marlins set a franchise record with their 13th straight road loss.

Anthony Rendon helped the Washington Nationals win the kind of game they tended to lose earlier in the season.

Rendon lined a two-run single with one out in the ninth inning and the Nationals rallied past the Miami Marlins 7-6 on Friday night for their seventh victory in eight games.

Rendon had three hits to raise his average to .333 and drove in three runs, giving him 107 RBIs for the NL wild-card leaders.

"He does what he's been doing all year. He's been phenomenal," manager Dave Martinez said. "To me, he's a candidate for the MVP. He really is. He's carried us in the big moments all year long."

The Marlins set a franchise record with their 13th straight road loss.

Howie Kendrick led off with a single against Ryne Stanek (0-3, 0-2 for the Marlins) and Trea Turner followed with a walk. After Gerardo Parra popped out on a bunt, the runners advanced on a passed ball. Rendon then singled to left, with Turner sliding in ahead of the throw.

"I think in a situation like that, you just try not to outdo yourself," Rendon said. "Not try to hit a home run right there. Same (thing) I've been trying to do for the past six years. Try to stay inside the ball and get the barrel on it."

After Starlin Castro hit a two-run homer off Daniel Hudson (8-3, 2-0 with Washington) in the top of the ninth for a 6-5 lead, the Nationals bounced back to win on a night when they blew a save and committed several miscues in the field.

Harold Ramirez homered and had two singles for the Marlins.

"It was one of those games, honestly, all night long I felt we were going to win," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "For some reason I had that feeling all night long, even with Rendon up there in that situation."

Juan Soto's two-out double in the seventh inning gave Washington a 5-4 lead. The Marlins had tied it with two runs in the top half on an RBI single by Castro and a bases-loaded walk by Isan Diaz.

Washington starter Anibal Sanchez allowed two runs on three hits across five innings, while striking out six and walking four.

Miami's Elieser Hernandez gave up four runs on six hits over six innings. He retired 12 straight during one stretch.

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