Bell hits 100th career HR, Nats beat Marlins, 3rd win in row


WASHINGTON — Josh Bell hit his 100th career home run and the Washington Nationals rallied past the Miami Marlins 6-3 Tuesday night for their third straight win.

Miami lost its fourth in a row.

After Adam Duvall’s three-run homer gave the Marlins a 3-2 lead in the top of the sixth, the Nationals quickly answered in the bottom half.

Tres Barrera doubled and scored the tying run on a two-out single by pinch-hitter Yadiel Hernandez off Richard Bleier (2-1). After Alcides Escobar was hit by a pitch, Trea Turner and Juan Soto followed with RBI singles off Anthony Bender.

Bell added to the lead with a pinch-hit drive in the eighth, his second homer in two games.

Kyle Finnegan (4-2) pitched one inning and Brad Hand worked a perfect ninth for his 20th save.

Duval’s homer was his 21st of the season.

All-Star Trevor Rogers gave up two runs on five hits over five innings for the Marlins. He struck out three and walked three.

Washington starter Paolo Espino, who threw 51 pitches in relief on Friday, started in place of the injured Joe Ross and tossed five scoreless innings, allowing four hits.

The Nationals led 2-0 after an RBI single by Victor Robles in the second and a run-scoring double by Ryan Zimmerman in the fifth.


Marlins: Placed RHP Sandy Alcantara on the bereavement list. … INF Jose Devers (right shoulder impingement) was transferred to the 60-day injured list. … RHP Luis Madero was selected from Triple-A Jacksonville.

Nationals: Escobar left the game after being hit by a pitch on the right wrist area in the sixth. … RHP Stephen Strasburg (neck strain) reported no problems after Monday’s bullpen session and he’s slated to throw another bullpen Thursday or Friday. … RHP Ross (right elbow inflammation) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday. If there are no issues, he could then either return to the rotation or make a rehab start.


Marlins: Alcantara was scheduled to make the start and his replacement was TBA.

Nationals: RHP Erick Fedde (4-7, 5.32) looks to bounce back from Friday’s start, when he allowed six runs in 1 1/3 innings against the Padres. He’s 2-0 with a 1.17 ERA in three career starts versus Miami.

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