Schwarber’s 13th HR in 14 games not enough to beat Marlins
MIAMI (AP) — Kyle Schwarber hit 13th home run in the last 14 games but Miguel Rojas hit a three-run homer in a four-run first inning and the Miami Marlins went on to beat the Washington Nationals 11-2 Friday night.
Schwarber has the second-most homers in a 14-game span since at least 1901, behind only 14 by San Francisco’s Barry Bonds in 2001.
Schwarber hit his 22nd home run this season into the right field upper deck in the third inning, cutting Washington’s deficit to 4-1. His 12 home runs in his last 12 games are the most from a leadoff hitter ever in that span.
Rojas had four RBIs, and Garrett Cooper homered and doubled twice as the Marlins stopped a four-game losing streak. Adam Duvall reached base four times with two singles and two walks.
Washington had won five in a row.
Pablo López (4-4) gave up two runs and six hits in six innings with nine strikeouts and one walk. He retired his last 10 batters, striking out the side in the sixth.
After scoring five runs during their skid, the Marlins took an 8-2 lead after four innings.
Jon Lester (1-3) allowed seven runs, five hits and three walks in a season-low 2 1/3 innings, raising his ERA to 4.99.
Duvall hit an RBI single and Rojas stopped trotting to second on his homer, turned around and returned to touch first base.
Schwarber’s 13th home run in June tied Bryce Harper in March 2015 for the most for the Nationals in a month.
Cooper, activated from the injured list, hit a two-run homer off Jefry Rodríguez in the eighth.
Nationals: RHP Daniel Hudson (elbow inflammation) is progressing with his throwing program and could throw a bullpen early next week.
LHP Patrick Corbin (5-5, 5.40) will start the third game of the series for the Nationals on Saturday while the Marlins will go with RHP Zach Thompson (1-2, 1.50).
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