The Miami Marlins opened up their 25th season as a Major League Baseball franchise as they lost to the Washington Nationals 4-2 at Nationals Park on Monday. The Marlins wore a number 16 patch on their jerseys for late pitcher Jose Fernandez and an ASG 2017 patch on the side of their caps because Miami is hosting the All-Star Game in July.
Miami(0-1) got out in front with two runs in the top of the fourth against Stephen Strasburg. J.T. Realmuto led off with a double to center field, advanced to third on a Christian Yelich sacrifice fly and then scored on a double by Giancarlo Stanton into right-center field. Two batters later, Marcell Ozuna knocked in Stanton with a two-out base hit to center.
Washington(1-0) bounced back with a run in the sixth inning. Bryce Harper blasted a solo home run to right field against David Phelps. It was his fifth opening day homer for him.
The Nationals took the lead during the bottom of the seventh with the help of a couple of new players on the club. Matt Wieters was able to single into center field with two outs. Adam Lind came up to pinch-hit for Strasburg and pounded a two-run homer to center off Phelps.
The Nats added another run in the eighth inning for a two-run cushion 4-2. They got consecutive walks by Adam Eaton and Harper against Junichi Tazawa. Daniel Murphy followed with an RBI-single into right field to score Eaton.