Corey Brown’s RBI single lifts Nationals past Marlins
Washington, DC, United States (4E Sports) – Pinch-hitter Corey Brown delivered a walkoff RBI single in the 10th inning to lift the Washington Nationals past the Miami Marlins, 7-6, Saturday after almost three hours of rain delay at National Park.
Hitting for pitcher Drew Storen (3-1), Brown drove Chad Gaudin’s throw to right field to score Ian Desmond, giving the league-best Nationals (86-53) their second straight win in the three-game set
The victory came hours after the Nationals decided to shut down superstar right-hander Stephen Strasburg for the rest of the season.
The Marlins were leading by 6-5 in the ninth inning when rain poured down and delayed the game for two hours and 33 minutes.
After the long delay, Jayson Werth led off the ninth inning with a solo home run on a 3-2 pitch off Heath Bell to tie the score at six before Brown delivered the winning run.
Nationals starter Ross Detwiler surrendered five earned runs on seven hits in five innings, including solo homers to Gorkys Hernandez and Giancarlo Stanton in the opening frame.
The Marlins made it a 3-0 game in the second inning, when Donnie Murphy scored on a double by Hernandez before Jesus Flores put the Nationals on the board with a solo shot in the third inning.
After the Nationals crept to within 3-2, the Marlins added two more runs behind RBI singles from Justin Ruggiano and John Buck.
Rookie Bryce Harper ripped his 19th homer of the year in the fifth against left-hander Mark Buehrle to cut the deficit to two but a throwing Ryan Zimmerman allowed Solano to score the sixth run for the Marlins.
Washington made it a one-run game in the eighth inning after a two-run homer by Zimmerman before the game was delayed by rain.
Storen earned the victory after striking out all three batters he faced in the 10th frame. Gaudin (3-2) absorbed the loss after giving up the winning run while Bell blew his seventh save of the season.
Buerhle lasted seven innings, allowing three earned runs on eight hits with five strikeouts.