WASHINGTON -- The first hit of the season was a decisive one for Justin Bour. After going hitless in his first 10 at-bats, the left-handed-hitting first baseman delivered an opposite-field double, scoring J.T. Realmuto from first base and rallying Miami to a 4-3 win over Washington in 10 innings on
WASHINGTON -- The first hit of the season was a decisive one for Justin Bour. After going hitless in his first 10 at-bats, the left-handed-hitting first baseman delivered an opposite-field double, scoring J.T. Realmuto from first base and rallying Miami to a 4-3 win over Washington in 10 innings on Thursday at Nationals Park.
"Obviously, you want to get that first hit out of the way," Bour said. "It took longer than I'd like it to. Baseball is a humbling game. It really is. You have to continue to grind every day."
On a day that featured two rain delays, the Marlins used two-out rallies to prevent the series from becoming a complete wash -- all four of Miami's runs came with two outs.
Realmuto had a two-run homer that tied the game at 2 in the eighth inning, and Tyler Moore delivered a pinch-hit, RBI single with two outs in the ninth, setting up extra innings.
"It was definitely an exciting game," Realmuto said. "A lot of big hits late in the game. … The big hits late. J.B. came up with a big one. Just a good all-around win."
Realmuto, who went 7-for-12 in the series, collected a two-out single off Joe Blanton in the 10th, and he scored standing up on Bour's double to left.
"I was just trying to go up there, have a good at-bat and find a way to get on base," Realmuto said. "I knew with J.B behind me, it only takes one swing to score you. He did a good job there, fastball away."
With the win, the Marlins avoided falling to 0-3 for the third time in five years.
The Nationals started left-hander Giovany Gonzalez, which prompted manager Don Mattingly to juggle his lineup. Realmuto, who had batted second the first two games, was dropped to sixth, ahead of the left-handed-hitting Bour.
The Marlins are giving Bour chances against lefties, and he went hitless in two at-bats, grounding into a double play and striking out against Gonzalez. Bour also was hit by a pitch in the second inning.
In the eighth inning, Bour grounded out against hard-throwing right-hander Shawn Kelly, dropping him to 0-for-10, but his fortune changed in the 10th with his double down the left-field line.
"To be honest, the beginning of the series did not go as planned for me or the team," Bour said. "It was big for us to continue to battle. That's the beautiful thing about baseball. You can go 0-fer, but that next at-bat is going to be huge for you."
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