August 19, 2019

Washington Nationals Game 148 Review: Harper homers again as Nats top Marlins

Bryce Harper hit his league-leading 41st homer,  a two-run shot in the seventh inning, and Tyler Moore added a solo home run as the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 5-2 at Nats Park on Saturday.

With the Mets loss to the Yankees earlier in the day, the Nats are seven games back with 14 to play.

Harper drove in a run a sacrifice fly earlier in the day to up his RBI total to 95. Moore’s homer, his fifth of the season, came in the fifth inning off starter Brad Hand. Moore finished 2 for 3 for the day.

Jordan Zimmermann went six innings for the win. He gave up two earned runs — both in the first inning — on six hits and a walk, striking out seven. Felipe Rivero, Sammy Solis and Blake Treinen all provided scoreless relief.

Hand didn’t have it as good, and was lucky he didn’t have it worse. The Marlins lefty gave up three earned runs on four hits and six walks over 4 2/3 innings.

Zimmermann’s day started out rough. Dee Gordon led the day off with an infield single but was forced on Ichiro’s fielder’s choice. Christian Yelich doubled to center field and Ichiro raced around to score. Justin Bour then singled to plate Yelich and the Nats were down 2-0 before most fans reached their seats.

The Nats stoic righty recovered quickly, getting Marcel Ozuna to fly out and Derek Dietrich to ground out to end the threat. That’s all the Marlins got off Zimmermann, as he mowed them down for the next five innings.

The Nats (77-71) finally got on the board in the fifth. Moore clubbed his homer on a one-out 1-0 pitch. Zimmermann singled to center and went to second on Anthony Rendon’s walk. Yunel Escobar was given a free pass to load the bases, and Harper fouled four two-strike pitches off before flying out to right to bring Zimmermann in to tie the game.  After Jayson Werth walked to load them up again, Ian Desmond drew a free pass to force in a run.

Harper crushed his upper-deck shot off Kyle Barraclough with Escobar aboard on yet another base on balls.

 Jonathan Papelbon gave up hits to the first two batters in the ninth, but got a groundout and double play to notch the save.

NEXT GAME: Sunday at 1:35 p.m. Stephen Strasburg (9-7, 3.98) hosts Justin Nicolino (3-3, 3.81).

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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