Nats Blow Lead in Ninth, Fall in Extras to Marlins

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By Michael Marzzacco

The Nats used the long ball three times but the bullpen couldn’t hang on as they fell to the Marlins 4-3 in a game that took forever to end with 10 innings and two rain delays that lasted for over an hour. The ballgame was initially slated for a 4:05 start but with heavy rain throughout the morning and a tornado warning in the early afternoon, the game got delayed for an hour and 20 minutes. In the sixth inning the rain came down again and the tarp got pulled out on the field for an hour and three minute delay.

In the bottom of the first, Adam Eaton hit his first home run as a National with a blast over the out of town scoreboard in right-center.

Gio Gonzalez got the start on the mound and he had a very solid season debut. He struck out seven in six shutout innings. After the second rain delay, Gio left the game and the Nats turned to their bullpen.

In the seventh, Jayson Werth belted a home run into the vistor’s bullpen in left-center. The 2-0 lead wouldn’t last very long. In the eighth the Marlins tied it with a home run by J.T. Realmuto into the red seats in center field off of reliever Shawn Kelley. The Nats answered in the bottom of the eighth with a home run by Ryan Zimmerman to put them back in front 3-2. The ball landed just above the wall in center field. It wasn’t called a home run at first by the umpires but after video review the call got overturned. It was Zimmerman’s second consecutive game going yard.

Sammy Solis came in during the ninth and gave up a walk and a single before getting Dee Gordon to ground into a double play. With a runner still at third base, the Nationals turned to their close Blake Treinen to try to get the final out. Treinen faced Tyler Moore and the former Nat haunted his old ballclub with a single up the middle that scored Adeiny Hechavarria to tie the game.

Joe Blanton came on in the 10th. Giancarlo Stanton singled but Marcell Ozuna grounded into a double play. With two outs, Realmuto singled into center field. Justin Bour followed with a double to bring him home. That would be the difference as the Nats fell 4-3.

The Nationals will travel to Philadelphia take on the Phillies in their home opener. The first game of the three game weekend series is today at 3:05 and Max Scherzer will be back on the mound for his first start of the season.

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