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Marlins Avoid Sweep with Soler’s 35th Home Run vs Nationals

MIAMI — Jorge Soler hit his 35th home run of the season, a two-run shot, to help the Miami Marlins defeat the Washington Nationals 2-1 on Sunday and avoid a series sweep. The victory was much needed for the Marlins, who had dropped six of their last seven games.

The decisive moment came in the third inning when Luis Arraez led off with a single, setting the stage for Soler’s go-ahead homer against Trevor Williams. With this home run, Soler extended his lead as the major league’s top home run hitter with 19 go-ahead home runs this season.

Jacob Stallings added two hits for the Marlins, who were able to hold off the Nationals despite a strong performance from pitcher Trevor Williams, who allowed only five hits and two walks in seven innings.

In the ninth inning, Washington threatened to tie the game when Keibert Ruiz and Ildemaro Vargas hit one-out singles. However, Marlins closer Tanner Scott was able to induce a double-play grounder from Jacob Young to secure his third save of the season.

Miami reliever Bryan Hoeing earned the win after pitching four-plus innings of one-run ball, despite leaving the game after being hit by a comebacker. The Marlins’ bullpen, consisting of Steven Okert, A.J. Puk, and Andrew Nardi, each pitched a hitless inning to help preserve the victory.

With the win, the Marlins prevented the Nationals from continuing their recent success, as Washington had won five of their last six games. The Marlins now turn their attention to the Tampa Bay Rays for a two-game home series on Tuesday, while the Nationals will face the Toronto Blue Jays in a three-game series starting Monday.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Nationals: OF Victor Robles is still rehabbing in Washington due to lumbar spine back spasms.

Marlins: LHP Trevor Rogers has started playing catch as he continues to recover from a left biceps strain.

UP NEXT

Nationals: RHP Josiah Gray will start the opener of a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday.

Marlins: RHP Sandy Alcantara will start the opener of a two-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday.

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