Wei-Yin Chen looked solid in his return to the mound for the Miami Marlins, but it wasn’t enough to help the visiting in a 2-1 loss at Nationals Park.
The win in Washington’s division series in the National League playoffs.
Chen was solid over five innings, striking out five but allowing six hits, including two to Turner. Chris Johnson drove in Miami's lone run with a single in the sixth inning. The Nationals, behind Tanner Roark and rookie Trea Turner, who hit his 13th home run of the year, were just a bit better.
The Marlins will only play 161 games this season after cancelling their game against Atlanta last Sunday because of the loss of their ace Jose Fernandez in a boating average. Miami is 79-81 and will finish the 2016 with a losing record – the seventh consecutive record the team has failed to post a winning season.
The Marlins weren’t able to put the ball in play much on Saturday, getting just four hits against Washington pitching. When they were able to get on base, they could not advance runners or capitalize on their opportunities. Down a run in the eighth inning, Miguel Rojas drew a leadoff walk, and speedster Yefri Perez pinch-ran.
Perez was four of five in stolen base chances, and with Christian Yelich at the plate, he attempted to get into scoring position. But Perez was thrown out by catcher Pedro Severino. Yelich reached on an infield single, but Miami was unable to score.
Chen made his second start of the season since being reinstated from the disabled list with an elbow strain. He made 80 pitches in the game. Chen walked only one, but it was a two-out homer he allowed to Turner that proved costly.
The Marlins nabbed Chen as their opening day starter this year.