MIAMI (AP) — One bad throw by Jarrod Saltalamacchia and one bad pitch by Jose Fernandez cost the Miami Marlins their lead. And when manager Mike Redmond turned to his struggling bullpen, things got worse.
Jayson Werth's homer scored three unearned runs against Fernandez, and the Washington Nationals rallied to beat Miami 6-3 on Wednesday night.
A wild throw by Saltalamacchia — one of his two errors in the sixth inning — helped the Nationals overcome a 3-0 deficit.
"We had a chance to get an out and didn't get it, and it kind of snowballed from there," Redmond said.
Pinch-hitter Zach Walters broke a tie in the eighth inning with a homer off a hanging slider from Mike Dunn (0-2).
"It was a terrible pitch, and he hit it," Dunn said.
The homer was the seventh allowed by the Marlins bullpen.
"We're in a funk out there for whatever reason," Redmond said. "Stuff like that just can't happen late in the game. We've given up a lot of big hits late in the game, and those are crushers."
Walters' homer was the second of his career, and his second in as many nights.
The Nationals took the rubber game of the three-game series despite being without four starters, including Bryce Harper, a late scratch because of a tight left quadriceps that has bothered him since Friday.
Fernandez, betrayed by his defense, departed for a pinch-hitter after seven innings. He allowed four hits and three runs, all unearned, with 10 strikeouts and no walks.
The Marlins' precocious ace allowed only one baserunner in the first five innings, but Saltalamacchia's throwing error put runners at first and third with nobody out in the sixth.
Fernandez retired the next two batters before Werth stepped to the plate.
"I thought Jose was going to pitch himself out of that," Redmond said. "He made some great pitches, then just made a mistake and the guy hit it out."
Werth's homer, his third of the season, tied the score at 3.