Despite thier lofty record and notable accomplishmentsthis season, the Nationals must be glad they’ve seen the last of the Miami Marlins and Ricky Nolasco.
The right-hander pitched a four-hit shutoutand drove in Two runs on Sunday as the Marlins beat the Nats 8-0 to earn a season split with Washington.
Nolasco (12-12) struck out six and walked just one in the complete-game effort, hilding the Nats hitless until the fifth inning when Michael Morse singled. The only Washington player to reach scoring position was Chad Tracy, who was stranded at second after an eighth-inning double. Steve Lombardozzi and Bruce Harper had the other two hits for the Nats.
It was Nolasco’s second straight shutout of the Nats, following a 9-0 win in Miami on Aug.
Giancarlo Stanton continued his success against the Nats as well, hitting his 33rd homer of the season and 11th in 20 games in Washington.
Edwin Jackson (9-10) had a rught start for the Nats, allowing six earned runs on nine hits and two walks in just 4 2-3 innings. He struk out two.
Every Marlins starter except shortstop Jose Reyes had at least one hit.
Champ of the Game: Tracy, for managaing the only extra-base hit off Nolasco.
Chump of the Game: Jackson. It would be easy to blame Harper for losing a ball in the sun, but more experienced men than he have met the same fare. Jackson did not have his “A” game against a hungry Marlins team that wanted to prove something after being eliminated from the playoff race.