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Soriano blows save as Nats lose to Marlins 7-6

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 28, 2014 at 11:00 pm •  Published: July 28, 2014

MIAMI (AP) — Washington Nationals closer Rafael Soriano went from milestone to meltdown.

One day after notching his 200th career save, Soriano blew one Monday night, giving up four runs in the ninth inning as the Miami Marlins rallied to beat Washington 7-6.

Jeff Baker's two-out game-winning single capped the comeback by the Marlins, who extended their winning streak to five games after trailing 6-0 with two out in the seventh.

Soriano (2-1) took the mound to start the ninth with a 6-3 lead and blew a save for the fourth time this season.

"Bad day for me," he said. "I feel fine, but every pitch that I threw, I had no command. Everything that I tried to throw didn't work."

Jordan Zimmermann allowed two runs in seven innings and was in line for his first victory this month until the bullpen allowed five runs.

"No one's perfect," Zimmermann said. "These guys are going to have bad games. They've been picking me up all year. You're going to have a bad game from time to time."

The Marlins were coming off best seven-game trip in franchise history, a six-victory swing that put them back into the playoff picture. They now trail Washington by six games.

"At this stage, that's got to be the biggest game of the year — right? — with where we are in the standings, and where we've got to go," manager Mike Redmond said. "These guys understand that."

The one-run victory was the 25th for Miami, most in the majors.

Casey McGehee led off the ninth with a four-pitch walk, Garrett Jones doubled and Marcell Ozuna hit an RBI single. Jarrod Saltalamacchia's sacrifice fly made it 6-5, and Adeiny Hechavarria ended an 11-pitch at-bat with an RBI triple to tie the game.

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