MIAMI – – Kyle Schwarber has scored twice, bringing his season tally to 21 by scoring 12 in his last 13 games, and the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 7-3 on Thursday night for their 10th victory in 11 games.
Schwarber led the first by shooting a curved suspended ball from Cody Poteet (2-3) to the right for his fifth home run this season.
Josh Harrison scored a single with one putout in the second, Victor Robles walked and with two strikeouts, Schwarber sent a 0-2 quickball over the center wall for a 4-0 lead.
“You don’t go up there expecting to hit home runs every time you’re at home plate,” Schwarber said. “But hitting a home run when you’re stuck in the plate, good things happen.”
Schwarber became the first player in major league history to score 11 home runs in 13 games from first in batting order, according to STATS. He became the fourth player with eight homers and 15 RBIs in five games, joining Shawn Green, Manny Ramirez and Frank Howard.
“When he’s like that you don’t tell him much,” said Nationals manager Dave Martinez. “You let him go over there and play the game and let him do his swings.” He’s been great in moving us forward. He did some big runs for us. Hope it is hot for a while.
Juan Soto added the first of his two double produced later in the round.
Joe Ross (4-7) allowed four hits in seven scoreless innings, helping Washington extend their winning streak to five.
“It’s a little more satisfying that we go out there and win baseball games,” Schwarber said. “I’m not the only part of it – trust me.”
Poteet allowed five runs, six hits and four walks in three innings. The 26-year-old rookie right-hander is 0-3 in his last four starts after going 2-0 in his first three outings in the big leagues.
“I just wasn’t sharp,” Poteet said. “Definitely not the start you want.”
Miami has lost four games in a row, scoring five points on the slide.
“The top five obviously hurt us,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “The way we rocked the bats, that doesn’t put you in a good position. “
Jazz Chisholm hit a three-run homer in the eighth against Justin Miller, Chisholm’s ninth homer and the first since June 10.
MOMENT OF SILENCE
Ahead of the national anthem, there was a minute of silence for the victims of the condominium building that collapsed Thursday in Surfside, Florida. The adjacent coastal town of Miami Beach is 13 miles from the Marlins Stadium.
ROSS GIVES REPOSERS NECESSARY REST
Ross’s long outing gave the Nationals a rest. Martinez used seven relievers in Wednesday’s 13-12 win at Philadelphia.
“I couldn’t really tell you that the first one today will be a good day,” said Ross. “You have to think this way and I hope it turns out like this.”
Nationals: 1B Josh Bell (right side discomfort) was a late scratch and will undergo an MRI on Friday, Martinez said. RHP Stephen Strasburg (sprained neck) threw 150 feet with increased intensity, but there is no timeline as to when he could throw from a mound.
Marlins: RHP Jordan Holloway (groin) was activated from the injured list and optioned at Triple-A Jacksonville.
Nationals: LHP Jon Lester (1-2, 3.96) opens game two of the series on Friday night.
Marlins: RHP Pablo López (3-4, 2.86) starts Friday after pitching seven white innings against the Chicago Cubs on June 19.