Nats’ skipper Davey Martinez was particularly pleased that they took three from a divisional rival, who they’ve now beat in eleven straight games going back to the end of 2017.
“Any time you play a team in your division you’ve got to try to go out there and try to win every game,” Martinez explained. “And we did that this series, but I look over there at the Marlins, they’re young, they’ve got some pretty decent pitching, but they’re young, and they’ve got some good players, and it’s not easy.
“At any given moment they can put up runs quick. So we’ve just got to go out there and play our game.”
Nationals’ hitters homered for the seventh consecutive game, with Anthony Rendon and Bryce Harper both going deep on Sunday, and the team hit a combined eight extra-base hits in the 5-2 win (four doubles, two triples, and the two home runs).
“We could have scored a lot more, but the at bats were good all day. They swung the bats really well. It’s not easy to come here against that team and sweep, so we played well, our pitching was good, and we scored enough runs to win,” Martinez said.
The Nationals were just 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position and six left on base in the game.
Their win left them 29-22 on the season, seven games over .500 and and just 1.0 game out of first in the NL East, behind the Philadelphia Phillies (0.5 games out) and division-leading Atlanta Braves (30-21).
Martinez wasn’t as interested in the current state of the race in the East, as he was in getting ready for the next three with the Orioles, and the series opener in particular.
Baltimore is 17-36 going into this week’s Interleague series, with losses in four of their last ten, and they’re 19.0 games out in the AL East as of this morning.
“For me it’s, like I said, it’s about getting to that next day,” Martinez said. “And we’re playing really well, we’ve just got to come out tomorrow and do the same thing. I don’t look ahead.
“I look to tomorrow and we put the best nine guys out there to start the game and we see what we’ve got.”