Miami Marlins

Marlins snap their longest skid ever against the Nationals with a barrage of singles

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 08:  Derek Dietrich #32 of the Miami Marlins celebrates a win with Martin Prado #14 after a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on July 8, 2018 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 08: Derek Dietrich #32 of the Miami Marlins celebrates a win with Martin Prado #14 after a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on July 8, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

No walk-off homers, no blown leads and no meltdown innings this time.

Just a lot of hits - mostly singles - as the Marlins continuously crowded the bases on Sunday and took out some frustration on the host Nationals in a 10-2 rout.

The Marlins banged out a season-high 22 hits and snapped a 14-game losing streak to the Nationals (45-44), which was a franchise-worst against a single opponent.

"I think the biggest difference today was we got the big hit when we needed it with two outs," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "We were able to get outs when we needed them so it was good to put one on the board."

In a four-game series during which the Marlins blew a nine-run lead, lost a game on a walk-off home run by Mark Reynolds, who came back the next day and recorded 10 RBI, Miami salvaged the finale going mostly station to station on the base paths.

Other than Justin Bour and Martin Prado’s back-to-back doubles in the ninth, 20 of the Marlins’ hits were singles.

The Marlins became only fourth team since 1908 to hit 20 singles, no home runs, and score 10 or fewer runs in a game of nine innings or less.

The Marlins (37-55) entered the game ranked sixth in the National League in total, but had the league’s worst slugging percentage at .366. The Marlins left 17 runners on base.

"It feels like every time a team really kicks the dog out of us, the next day we respond really well," Realmuto said. "That shows the kind of guys we have in this clubhouse."

The Nationals ended the onslaught by having Reynolds pitch in the ninth inning.

And Reynolds didn’t disappoint the Washington faithful inducing a weak grounder to first from pinch hitter Bryan Holaday before getting a loud ovation.

J.T. Realmuto led the Marlins with a career-high five hits and drove in three runs as Miami struck quickly with three runs in the second inning.

"It was huge for us ending the series on a good note," Realmuto said. "Just coming away with a win today and not getting swept hopefully gives us some momentum for the next time we play these guys."

Prado went 4 for 6 with an RBI. JT Riddle went 3 for 6 with two RBI while Bour, Starlin Castro and Cameron Maybin each had two hits. Bour finished with two RBI.

"It started with our approach as a team and we never hesitated," Prado said. "You never know with these good teams, you never have to stop and we never did."

Trevor Richards walked a career-high seven with the last one being intentional, and couldn’t finish the fourth inning after giving up two runs on four hits.

But the Marlins’ bullpen returned to form as Drew Rucinski, Adam Conley, Drew Steckenrider, Brad Ziegler and Kyle Barraclough kept the Nationals off the board for a combined 5 1/3 innings. Marlins' relievers had allowed a combined 21 runs in the previous three games of the series.

Steckenrider pitched a scoreless seventh to extend his scoreless inning streak to 19 2/3. It is the longest active streak in the majors.

For Conley, who struck out four in two innings, it was a needed bounce back coming off his worst outing of the season on Thursday when he allowed five runs in two-thirds of an inning.

"I knew Conley was going to be big for us today and he got us six outs straight and did a great job or us," Realmuto said.

Brian Anderson recorded his 99th hit tying a Marlins’ rookie record set by Alex Gonzalez (1999) for most hits before the All-Star break.

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