With home runs by Ryan Zimmernan and Trea Turner and pitching by Max Scherzer, the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins in the Major Leagues on Wednesday with a score of 8×3.
The Nationals moved even closer to the playoffs as they lead the NL East, while the Marlins moved further away from the postseason with just 10 regular-season games remaining.
The victory went to Scherzer (18-7) while the setback went to starter Tom Koehler (9-12).
The capital’s sealed the victory from the fourth chapter when Bryce Harper singled and after two outs, Stephen Drew received a walk and Zimmerman bounced it through left field to put the score at that moment 4×0.
In the seventh, the ninth of the capital made another through the home run of the leadoff bat Turner.
The Marlins then made three at the end of the seventh on homers by Christian Yelich and pinch-hitter Derek Dietrich, the latter with Marcell Ozuna in circulation on balls.
The Nationals extended the score in the eighth on a single by Anthony Rondon, an RBI double by Wilson Ramos, another hit by Drew and a sacrifice fly by Danny Espinosa.
The Nationals opened the scoring in the third inning with a run after walk to Espinosa, who stole second and a poor pitcher’s throw to second allowed him to reach the plate.
The Marlins (76-76) are now four and a half games behind the second wildcard visa, tickets that momentarily belong to the San Francisco Giants and the New York Mets.
Previously, in Denver, Puerto Rican-Cuban Nolan Arenado dispatched a Grand Slam and Venezuelan pitcher Germán Márquez worked five solid innings for the Colorado Rockies to beat the St. Louis Cardinals with a score of 11×1.
The Cardinals entered the game tied with the Giants and Mets for the two wild-card spots in the National League.
Arenado, who hit his fourth career grand slam, also went on to lead the Old Circuit with 39 homers.
The victory was the first in the Majors for Márquez (1-0), allowing only one run.
Meanwhile, crestfallen Luke Weaver (1-4) left the mound, who was penalized with seven hits and six runs in just two innings.
Rockies slugger DJ LeMahieu had two hits to raise his average to .351 and move ahead of Daniel Murphy (Nationals), with whom he is in a close fight for batting leadership in the National League.
In Seattle, Robinson Cano’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 12th inning gave the Mariners a hard-fought 2-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
With the win, the Mariners prevented the No. 9 Canadian from extending their lead in the American League wildcard race.
The loss went to knuckleballer RA Dickey (10-15), who had pitched five good innings in his previous start, but now in the 12th inning in relief couldn’t avoid the loss.
The victory went to Nick Vincent (4-4), also in relief role with shutting out the Blue Jays in two chapters.
For the Canadian team, the Dominican slugger José Bautista had put the team in front 1×0 with his 19th home run of the campaign.
In Oakland, with two home runs by slugger Evan Gattis, the Houston Astros beat the Athletics 6×5.
With the victory, the Astros completed the sweep and continued to fight for one of two wild cards in the AL.
The ninth Texan is just two games behind the Baltimore Orioles, owners of the second playoff visa in the circuit. The first is with the Blue Jays.
Oakland scored a run in the ninth when second baseman José Altuve made an error, but the California ninth fell short.
The victory went to Collin McHugh (12-10), his fifth straight win after allowing two runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings, while closer Luke Gregerson retired the last three batters in order for his number 1 save. 15 of the campaign.
The setback went to Daniel Mengden (2-8), who was penalized for the first of two Gattis homers in the game.
In other results, Braves to Mets 4×3, Red Sox to Orioles 5×1, Yankees to Rays 11×5, Indians to Royals 4×3 and Phillies to White Sox 8×3.