MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – The Miami Marlins will try to even things up when they play their final game in their series with the Washington Nationals on Monday night.
On Sunday the Marlins struck out against the Nationals, 4-0, who now hold a 2-1 game lead in the four game series.
It’s hard to win when you are 1 for 13 with runners in scoring position.
“We had golden opportunities and one of the best pitchers in the game against the ropes and we didn’t take advantage,” said Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen.
Hanley Ramirez left six on base. Logan Morrison and Omar Infante stranded five each.
“Sometimes you have to give credit where credit is due,” Morrison said. “(Stephen Strasburg) buckled down and didn’t allow us to really take advantage of those opportunities.”
Strasburg (10-4) faced multiple jams, but managed to get himself out of trouble on each occasion.
“It’s one of those days where you get through (the jams),” Strasburg said. “You just have to do your best and keep the team in the ballgame.”
The young right-hander pitched six scoreless innings, allowed six hits, and struck out seven. He also drove in a run.
“He’s good, he’s got four or five pitches,” Marlins catcher John Buck said. “He has a way to be nice and smooth that makes him deceptive.”
The Marlins were shut out for the ninth time this season.
Strasburg was able to get out of a bases-loaded jam in the third, striking out Morrison before getting Ramirez on a grounder. He also got out of a two-on, one-out jam in the second and the Marlins had a runner on second with one out in the fourth.
“That’s the kind of Strasburg I’ve grown to love,” Nationals manager Davey Johnson said.
Steve Lombardozzi, Michael Morse, and Danny Espinosa also drove in a run for the Nationals.
Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard loaded the bases in the ninth with no outs, but retired the next three batters. Infante flew out to Bryce Harper in foul territory to end the game as Harper collided with second baseman Lombardozzi.
“All I was thinking about was a wide receiver coming through the middle,” Harper said. “You’re going to get hammered but you have to catch the ball. He got me in my face and on my head, but I caught the ball. Game over.”
Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco (8-7) did not allow a hit until the fifth inning when Morse led off with a single to left. Strasburg and Lombardozzi followed with two-out RBI singles.
“I think Ricky fell apart when I walked (Jhonatan Solano intentionally) and the pitcher got a base hit,” Guillen said.
It was the fifth RBI in 52 career at-bats for Strasburg, who also walked.
Nolasco ran into trouble again in the sixth, allowing three consecutive hits to begin the inning, including an RBI single by Morse. After Espinosa’s sacrifice fly gave the Nationals a 4-0 lead, Nolasco was pulled.
“The balls just found some holes, a couple ground balls here and there,” Nolasco said. “Obviously the one to Strasburg just gets by. The big one I think was to Morse.”
Nolasco went 5 1-3 innings, allowing four runs and six hits.