WASHINGTON – It's starting to sound like a broken record for the Miami Marlins - Giancarlo Stanton provides power with a home run, but the Fish still lose. This time they dropped a 3-2 contest in the four-game finale against the Washington Nationals on Thursday night.
Stanton gave the Fish an early 2-0 lead with a third inning blast, his 39th of the season which leads all of baseball. The long shot also extended Stanton's career-best for a single-season.
For a while it seemed starting pitcher Dan Straily was going to do the rest of the heavy lifting, but after 5 shutout innings Straily struggled in the sixth frame and surrendered the lead as the Nationals would tie the game at two.
Brian Goodwin hit the go-ahead solo home run in the eight inning for the Nats.