Nationals down Marlins
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Ian Desmond had three hits, an RBI, and a stolen base for the Washington Nationals, who defeated the Miami Marlins, 2-1, in the opener of a three-game set.
Bryce Harper and Adam LaRoche both contributed a pair of hits for the Nationals, while Jayson Werth drove in the other run.
Ross Ohlendorf (3-0) lasted five innings while surrendering only one run on three hits with three strikeouts for the Nationals who have won seven of their last ten.
Christian Yelich's home run accounted for Miami's only run. The left fielder went 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Marlins who have won once in their last seven games. Miami's offense only mustered four hits against the Nationals
Miami starter Nathan Eovaldi (2-5) tossed six innings allowing two runs on eight hits. The right-hander also fanned six batters in his fifth straight loss. Eovaldi has not earned a win since July 12.
The Nationals put runners on the corners after singles from Ryan Zimmerman and Harper in the first. Jasyon Werth drove in Zimmerman on a groundout before a single from Desmond plated Harper from second to give Washington a 2-0 edge.
The Marlins loaded the bases in the top of the fourth, but failed to score any runs. Yelich hit a leadoff single to right before Giancarlo Stanton moved him over to third on a one-out double. Logan Morrison was intentionally walked to load the bases, but Ohlendorf got out of the jam after striking out Ed Lucas and making Justin Ruggiano ground into a force out.
Singles from Desmond and LaRoche plus a walk to Anthony Rendon loaded the bases for the Nationals in the fourth, but they also could not convert.
Yelich hit a solo shot out to right to leadoff the sixth, ending Ohlendorf's night.
Rafael Soriano entered the ninth and only gave up one hit to nail down his 34th save of the season.
Marlins reinstated Placido Polanco from the seven-day concussion disabled list prior to the game ... Jose Fernandez was named Co-NL Player of the Week on Monday ... Denard Span extended his hitting streak to 10 games while Harper brought his to nine games ... Miami leads the overall series 90-63.
08/27 21:53:51 ET