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Miami Marlins’ bats silent in doubleheader opener, then flourish in nightcap

Miami Marlins' Christian Yelich (21) slides safely into home as Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (40) waits for the throw, during the first inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader at Nationals Park, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, in Washington.
Miami Marlins' Christian Yelich (21) slides safely into home as Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (40) waits for the throw, during the first inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader at Nationals Park, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, in Washington. AP

It was a matter of night and day — literally and figuratively — for the Marlins on Friday.

After being blanked on Doug Fister’s three-hitter in the first game of a split doubleheader against the Nationals on Friday, the Marlins erupted for a 15-7 win in the nightcap.

“That was a great bounce-back for us, especially the way that first game went,” manager Mike Redmond said after the Marlins lit up the scoreboard against the Nationals. “After getting completely shut down, it was nice to see us come back.”

The victory left the Marlins in a three-way tie for second in the National League East with the Braves and Mets. And it helped to obscure another poor start by rookie Andrew Heaney.

Making his first start since July 5, Heaney gave up three runs in the first inning and was lifted after reaching his pitch-count limit in the fourth. In his five starts for the Marlins, Heaney has given up 19 earned runs in 24 2/3 innings for an ERA of 6.93.

Fortunately for the Marlins, Heaney’s poor outing didn’t change the outcome, a victory that ended a six-game losing streak to first-place Washington. In the nightcap, the Marlins more than made up for their lack of production in the opener Friday when they dropped a 4-0 decision on Fister’s gem.

The Marlins erupted for 15 runs on 22 hits — both season highs — with a pair of rookies, J.T. Realmuto and Justin Bour, coming up large at the plate. Realmuto had a single, double and a bases-loaded triple. Bour had three hits, scored four runs and drove in two.

Kike Hernandez hit a grand slam in the ninth when the Marlins broke the game open.

The 15 runs were the most scored by the Marlins since a 16-10 win over the Nationals on Sep. 1, 2010.

It was a a different story offensively for the Marlins earlier in the day.

Fister blanked the Marlins, with Donovan Solano collecting all three Marlins hits. It was the first time in 16 years that one player collected all of his team’s hits in which the opposing pitcher fired a three- or four-hit shutout. Todd Walker did it for the Twins on April 30, 1998, when Tampa Bay’s Rolando Arrojo tossed a three-hitter.

The Marlins’ Jarred Cosart was nowhere near as effective as Fister.

Cosart walked eight — one shy of a Marlins record — as the Nats wrapped up home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

“It was embarrassing,” Cosart said.

Friday’s first game was played as a makeup from a May 27 rainout, hours before the two teams returned to the field for a regularly scheduled night game at Nationals Park.

The afternoon tilt turned into a walk in the park for the Nationals, runaway winners of the National League East.

Cosart walked one batter in the first inning, two in the second, three in the third and two more in the fifth before coming out for a pinch-hitter. That left him one shy of the team mark for walks, shared by A.J. Burnett and Al Leiter.

“I couldn’t find the plate,” Cosart said. “[I] walked eight guys and in a major-league game, I’m surprised it wasn’t 12-0. Pretty much as the game went on, they stopped swinging, and I don’t blame them, because I wasn’t even close.”

The eight walks also equaled the major-league high on the season for any pitcher, and were three more than any Marlins hurler had totaled in any outing of 2014.

Cosart’s final start of the season for the Marlins wasn’t typical of his other outings for them. Cosart had not walked more than two batters in any of his nine previous starts for the Marlins since joining them in their end-of-July trade with Houston.

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