WASHINGTON (AP) – Sandy Alcantara allowed a hit in eight brilliant innings and the Miami Marlins beat the Washington Nationals 3-0 on Monday night.
With two outs in the seventh, Josh Bell singled from the base of the right-field fence to end Alcantara’s no-hitter offer. The right-hander then retired his next four batters, leaving with seven strikeouts and no walks after hitting 96 pitches.
Jesus Sanchez hit an RBI single in the first inning and Alex Jackson homered two runs in the ninth. Dylan Floro pitched a ninth of a hit for his 11th save.
Alcantara (9-13) was perfect in five innings, but Keibert Ruiz mistakenly reached second baseman Jazz Chisholm Jr. to open the sixth.
In his previous start, Alcantara allowed one run and four hits in nine no-decision innings against the Mets, striking out 14, his personal best.
Brewers ace Corbin Burnes teamed with reliever Josh Hader for the ninth no-hitter in the majors this season on Saturday night against Cleveland, breaking a mark set when pitchers first began pitching in 1884.
Most of this year’s no-hitters came before Major League Baseball cracked down on the use of illegal sticky substances by pitchers.
Six Marlins have thrown no-hitters, the last one by Edinson Volquez in a 3-0 win over the Diamondbacks on June 3, 2017.
The closest thing to a hit for Washington before Bell’s single was when Juan Soto snapped a comeback on Alcantara’s lower left leg with two outs in the fourth. The ball bounced to first baseman Lewin Diaz, who stepped on the bag for the out.
Alcantara walked around the painting and then slowly left the field. He spoke to manager Don Mattingly on the bench and went out to warm up for fifth with Mattingly and the team’s coach watching.
Paolo Espino (4-5) allowed one run on six hits and three walks in six innings for Washington.
Marlins: Mattingly said that C / OF Jorge Alfaro, who left Saturday’s game with a stiff left calf, is day to day. … RHP Pablo Lopez (right rotator cuff strain) is scheduled to throw a 25-30 pitch bullpen Tuesday at the team’s spring training complex in Florida.
Nationals: Ruiz was back in the lineup after leaving Saturday’s game when he was hit in the head by a fastball from Pittsburgh’s Kyle Keller. Ruiz pulled a mask foul in the first inning but remained in the game. … INF Jordy Mercer (left calf strain) was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list.
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Marlins: LZ Jesús Luzardo (5-7, 6.72 ERA) has allowed three earned runs or fewer in each of his last three starts, each with a Marlins victory. He faced Washington on August 24 in Miami and allowed five runs and 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings.
Nationals: RHP Erick Fedde (6-9, 5.31) owns a 3-0 career mark with a 0.98 ERA against the Marlins. This year, he is 1-0 with a 0.73 ERA in two starts against them, the win coming on Aug. 24 when he allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings and struck out 10.
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