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Marlins vs. Nationals – Game Recap – July 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — Even after Jesús Aguilar hit a two-run home run in the first inning, manager Don Mattingly’s nervousness was building as his Miami Marlins missed a few chances to open the game.

Then Aguilar doubled and scored in the seventh goal to allay some of those fears that Mattingly said lingered during the Marlins’ 5-3 win on Saturday. It’s Miami’s 10th win in 11 games against the Washington Nationals this season, and crucial hits have been a big part of extending that mini-win streak to three.

“It was very important to all of us to get those insurance companies deep into the game,” Aguilar said through an interpreter. “It’s a team that looks very complete, that can play really, really good baseball and we can (get) .500. It’s something we have to play hard all season.”

Despite being 26-39 against everyone else, Miami’s dominance of last-place helped Washington get just under the .500 in four games.

The final win came in a sloppy game that included four throwing errors and a few wild pitches. Washington’s Juan Soto also caused fireworks on the holiday weekend with his 15th home run of the season.

Soto’s homer was the only earned run, billed to Marlins starter Daniel Castano (1-1), who was solid at hitting three and allowing four hits in more than five innings.

“Danny was good,” Mattingly said. “He kept us in the game. I think he’s been through five if you look at it.”

Second baseman Jon Berti stole his major league-leading 25th base of the season, and batsman-designate Garrett Cooper hit his 20th double. Steven Okert drove in the bullpen wagon before defeating Soto and Josh Bell with a 1-2-3 eighth, and Tanner Scott threw up the ninth to make his ninth save of the year.

Nationals starter Jackson Tetreault (2-2) struggled with his command as he gave up four earned runs on four hits and five walks in four innings. Tetreault threw only 44 of his 84 pitches for strikes and was a particularly rough 18 of 43 with his fastball.

“His mistakes weren’t serious, but they were mistakes,” said manager Dave Martinez. “He couldn’t find his fastball at all today, so he increased his pitch count. I thought he fought his way through just to give us four innings, which was good.”

UMP STAYS THERE

Home plate umpire Nic Lentz lost his mask to a sharp foul tip from Berti in the top of the sixth. Lentz was evaluated by a Nationals coach before deciding to put the mask back on and stay in the game.

ALCANTARA HONORED

Marlin’s right-hander Sandy Alcantara was named June’s NL Pitcher of the Month after beating 34 batsmen and posting a 1.89 ERA in 47 2/3 innings.

MARTINEZ, RIZZO EXTENDED

The Nationals inherited the 2023 contract options from Martinez and general manager Mike Rizzo. The moves, while expected, are significant as the Lerner family is looking to sell the team and this gives Martinez and Rizzo some reassurance from this potential move.

“I think it brings some continuity not only to this organization but also to the players, which is nice,” Martinez said. “It’s nice to know that we will be together and that we will continue to work the way we do.”

TRAINING ROOM

Marlins: Joey Wendle got the day off for monitoring after Mattingly said the infielder ran around the field with a strained right hamstring more than anyone else on the team on Friday in his first game in a month on the injured list. … Rojas, who left Friday’s game after hitting Wendle and getting away with a stinger, was back in the lineup and Mattingly thought he was “good to go.”

Nationals: CF Victor Robles wiped off a sore left shin that knocked him unconscious in the fifth inning on Friday. He told Martinez he was fine and showed it by walking without a limp. Robles had a base hit and didn’t show any negative effects in the field.

NEXT

RHP Pablo Lopez (5-4, 2.98 ERA) starts for the Marlins against RHP Erick Fedde (5-5, 4.40) and the Nationals start at 1:35 p.m. EDT on Sunday in the third game of a four-game series.

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