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Marlins 2-1 over Nationals on Derek Dietrich's walk-off homer

Max Scherzer put together another solid start, but the Washington Nationals dropped a 2-1 decision to the Miami Marlins when Derek Dietrich hit a walk-off blast in the home-half of the ninth.

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Today's game was a radio-only broadcast, which limits our ability to report on the goings-on from the game since we're not in Florida, but here's what happened as close as we could follow the action...

Miami Marlins' leadoff man Dee Gordon bunted his way on and stole second in the first inning of this afternoon's game in Jupiter, Florida's Roger Dean Stadium, and after a wild pitch moved him to third, Gordon scored on a Christian Yelich single to center, 1-0.

Giancarlo Stanton grounded into a double play in the next at bat and Fish third baseman Martin Prado's groundout ended a relatively quick frame for Washington Nationals' starter Max Scherzer.

1-0 Miami after one.

Ichiro Suzuki and Donovan Solano hit back-to-back, one-out singles in the bottom of the second after the Nationals came up empty against Dan Haren in the top of the inning, but first baseman Don Kelly sent a fly to right and Marlins' catcher Jeff Mathis fouled strike three in Jose Lobaton's mitt to end Scherzer's second inning of work.

With one down in the top of the third, Danny Espinosa doubled to center and off the wall for the Nationals' first hit off Haren and Espinosa's first hit of the Spring as he transitions from switch-hitting to right-side only batting. Haren stranded him there, however, completing his third scoreless frame of the day by striking out both Jeff Kobernus and Michael Taylor.

Christian Yelich's second single of the day was another line drive with one down in the Marlins' third, but he was stranded at third two outs later as Scherzer completed his work for the afternoon.

Max Scherzer's Line: 3.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 Ks, 47 P, 37 S.

Taylor Jordan issued a two-out walk to Don Kelly, but completed a scoreless fourth inning.

Yelich was 3 for 3 today after singling to center off Jordan in the fifth, and he took second on an error by Ian Stewart on a Martin Prado grounder and third when Jordan threw a wild pitch. Both runners were stranded though, with Marcell Ozuna grounding out to end the fifth. Still 1-0 Fish.

The Nationals tied things up in the sixth, with Dan Uggla driving in Kila Ka' aihue after he replaced Mike Carp on the basepaths following a HBP. 1-1.

Jerry Blevins threw a scoreless sixth, giving up a one-out single by Don Kelly.

Marlins' right-hander A.J. Ramos pitched around a leadoff double by Jose Lobaton, striking out Ian Stewart, Wilmer Difo and Jeff Kobernus.

They went to the ninth tied at 1-1, thanks to a solid defensive play by Wilmer Difo, who threw home on a grounder to short with runners on second and third and one out to cut down Jordany Valdespin at the plate and get out of a jam in the eighth.

Derek Dietrich broke up the tie and ended it when he took Bruce Billings deep with one down in the ninth for a walk-off winner. 2-1 final.