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Marlins’ Chisholm HRs twice, scores on wild pitch in 10th

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MIAMI (AP) — Jazz Chisholm Jr. homered twice before scoring from third on a wild pitch in the 10th inning and the Miami Marlins beat the Washington Nationals 8-7 Monday night.

After Dylan Floro (6-6) pitched a scoreless top of the 10th, Chisholm took his place at second to start the bottom of the inning as Miami’s automatic runner.

Washington reliever Sam Clay (0-5) intentionally walked Jesús Sánchez to face Lewis Brinson. Chisholm stole third during the at-bat and raced home after Clay’s breaking pitch bounced away from catcher Keibert Ruiz.

Washington squandered its chance in the top of the 10th after cautious automatic runner Luis García took only one base on Thomas’ double against the right field wall. Floro retired Alcides Escobar on a groundout against a drawn-in infield, Juan Soto was intentionally walked, and García was caught trying for home on Josh Bell’s grounder to first baseman Lewin Díaz.

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Miami catcher Sandy León’s throw to first got past Díaz, but home plate umpire Adam Beck ruled Bell interfered on the throw, resulting in a double play.

Nationals Dave Martínez argued and was ejected.

Sánchez homered and stunned even himself in the fourth inning when the Marlins right-fielder barehanded Lane Thomas’ fly ball. Sánchez overran the pop up near the foul line and reached behind himself with his right hand to catch it. Sánchez smiled and held up the ball for all to see, including a dejected Thomas.

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Miami rallied with three runs in the seventh to tie the game at 7, with Bryan De La Cruz scoring the tying run on shortstop Escobar’s second error of the game.

The Nationals snapped a 3-3 tie and chased Miami starter Jesús Luzardo with a three-run fifth. Ruiz hit a two-run single and scored on García’s RBI double.

Luzardo allowed five runs and six hits in four-plus innings. The left-hander walked four and struck out two.

Florida Marlins players celebrate after Jazz Chisholm Jr. (2) scored the winning run during the 10th inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, in Miami.

Washington starter Erick Fedde worked five innings and allowed four runs, four hits and struck out five.

Miami erased a 3-0 deficit on home runs from Chisholm and Sánchez in the third. Chisholm’s drive put the Marlins on the board, and Sánchez followed with a two-run shot after De La Cruz reached on Escobar’s fielding error.

Chisholm again connected off Fedde in the fifth with his blast over the right-center field wall. He has 17 homers this season.

Ruiz’s two-run single with the bases loaded in the first gave Washington an early lead.

The Nationals padded their advantage on Thomas’ solo shot in the second. Thomas drove Luzardo’s 3-2 pitch over the wall in center for his sixth homer.

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TRAINER’S ROOM

Marlins: 1B Jesús Aguilar (left knee inflammation) and C-OF Jorge Alfaro (left calf strain) continue rehabbing but have not resumed baseball activities.

UP NEXT

LHP Josh Rogers (1-0, 2.60) will start the second game of the three-game series for the Nationals on Tuesday while the Marlins will go with LHP Trevor Rogers (7-7, 2.71). The pitchers aren’t related.

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