Garrett throws 6 strong innings, Marlins beat Nationals 5-2

Garrett throws 6 strong innings, Marlins beat Nationals 5-2

MIAMI (AP) — Braxton Garrett pitched six effective innings in his first major league start in a month, and the Miami Marlins beat the Washington Nationals 5-2 on Friday night.

Garrett allowed one run—Lane Thomas’ leadoff homer in the first—and five hits. The left-hander struck out six and walked none.

Garrett (3-6) was recalled from Triple-A Jacksonville earlier in the day. It was his first appearance with Miami since he threw six scoreless innings against Atlanta on Aug. 14.

Garrett Cooper and Jon Berti each doubled and singled for the Marlins. Berti also stole his NL-leading 37th base.

Nationals starter Josiah Gray plunked Bryan De La Cruz with the bases loaded, snapping a 1-1 tie in the sixth. Charles Leblanc followed with an RBI single, and Miguel Rojas grounded into a double play that scored JJ Bleday from third.

Bleday’s sacrifice fly in the seventh padded Miami’s lead, but Washington got one back on Joey Meneses’ run-scoring double in the eighth.

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