Meneses homers inside the park, Nats beat Marlins 5-4

WASHINGTON — Joey Meneses hit an inside-the-park home run, Ildemaro Vargas hit a brace in the eighth inning and the Washington Nationals rallied to beat the Miami Marlins 5-4 on Friday night.

Washington snapped a five-game losing streak, beating Miami at home for the first time in eight tries this season. The Nationals are 2-12 overall against the Marlins.

Lewin Díaz scored for Miami. The Marlins have lost six of eight and 15 of 19.

Marlins reliever Cole Sulser (1-4) came into a 4-4 game in the eighth and walked Meneses and allowed Luke Voit’s single with one out. Vargas then fired a shot to left center that bounced off the wall and brought on Meneses to give Washington its first lead.

Carl Edwards Jr. (6-3) pitched a scoreless eighth for the Nationals. Kyle Finnegan handled the ninth for his ninth save in 13 attempts.

Miami starter Jesús Luzardo took a 4-0 lead in the seventh when Meneses hit one against the wall at center. He took off from a bouncing JJ Bleday and ran down the caution runway to the right, giving Meneses time to round the bases.

It was the eighth indoor home run in Nationals history and the first since Andrew Stevenson on Sept. 26, 2020.

Luzardo’s night ended a hitter later when he walked Voit. Reliever Tanner Scott walked two more and gave Victor Robles the sacrificial fly. CJ Abrams then laced a two-run triple past a dive Brian Anderson on the right to tie.

Luzardo allowed two runs and five hits in six innings while striking out six.

After getting through the first inning on six pitches, Washington starter Josiah Gray gave up a single and a double to start the second, and Bryan De La Cruz and Miguel Rojas followed with RBI takeouts. Jordan Groshans walked and Díaz smashed a first pitch fastball to right center to make it 4-0.

Gray allowed four runs and struck out four in five innings. He allowed 37 major-lead home runs this season.

Nationals: DH Nelson Cruz (eye inflammation) was out of the lineup for the second game in a row and the day-to-day remains. … RHP Cade Cavalli (shoulder inflammation) will be off for 3-7 days after reporting pain when launching Wednesday from around 60ft. Cavalli received a cortisone injection.

Marlins: LHP Trevor Rogers (4-11, 5.35 ERA) hasn’t won in seven starts since beating Washington on July 1, but has a 2.95 ERA in three starts since returning from the list of injured last month.

Nationals: RHP Erick Fedde (6-10, 5.24) is 4-1 with a 1.86 ERA in nine lifetime starts against Miami, although the loss came April 27 at Nationals Park.

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