MIAMI ( Associated Press) — Sandy Alcantara hit nine unscored innings, Jesus Aguilar hit a game-ending single in the 10th inning and the Miami Marlins beat the Washington Nationals 2-1 on Wednesday night.
Alcantara extended his scoreless string to 18 innings and has completed at least eight innings in four of his last five starts. The 26-year-old allowed six hits and took six hits, reducing his ERA to 1.61.
Aguilar smashes against reliever Tanner Rainey (1-2) from second base and rolls into center field scoring Willians Estudillo from second. Estudillo’s run-scoring single to the right made automatic runner Jazz Chisholm Jr. to tie second.
Chisholm was originally called out, but the Marlins successfully appealed as he defeated a throw from right fielder Juan Soto.
An RBI single from Keibert Ruiz put Washington 1-0 up in the top half against Tanner Scott (2-1).
National starter Josiah Gray played five scoreless innings, but was lifted after a season-high 101 pitches. Gray allowed six hits, walked one and hit six.
Miami left fielder Jorge Soler mishandled Soto’s drive onto the warning track which fell for a one-out double in the sixth. Soto moved up to third on Nelson Cruz’s groundout, but Alcantara retired to take Josh Bell from the groundout to second.
The Marlins loaded the bases with one in the first, but Gray took out Avicel Garcia and John Bertie to end the threat.
addon sent down
After Joan Aidan allowed more than three innings and eight runs on Tuesday, the Nationals picked the 23-year-old right-hander for Triple-A Rochester. Aidan made the opening day roster but struggled for a 1–10 record and 6.95 ERA in 12 starts. LHP Sam Clay was recalled from Triple-A.
Nationals: RHP Joe Ross is scheduled to have Tommy John surgery for the second time on Friday. … RHP Victor Arano (left knee bone injury) is making progress with his rehabilitation
Marlins: Off Jesus Sanchez (right upper back stiffness) didn’t play. Sanchez departs in the second innings on Tuesday.
The National: Sidelined since June 1, 2021, RHP Stephen Strasbourg begins his season on Thursday, when he begins the series finale. Strasbourg, 33, has been sidelined for most of the past two seasons and underwent surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome last summer.
Marlins: LHP Trevor Rogers (2-5, 5.80) will make his fifth debut against Washington on Thursday.
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