Alcantara’s 5th full match lifts the Marlins over the Nats 3-1

WASHINGTON — Sandy Alcantara made his fifth full game at the top of the Premier League, a seven-hitter game that captained the Miami Marlins to the Washington Nationals 3-1 on Sunday to avoid a streak sweep.

Alcantara (13-8) hit seven and walked into one, throwing 103 throws. His 2.37 ERA team finished second in the National League against 2.27 by Julio Urías of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Alcantara leads the major leagues with 212 2/3 runs. He is 3-0 with 0.84 ERA in four games against Washington this season.

Alcantara felt he could throw a full game from first court on Sunday.

“When you know your stuff is there for the competition,” he said, “you don’t have to worry about it.”

Alcantara, whose first win in four games at the start of September, has made 17% of all 29 games in the major leagues this season. Houston’s Framber Valdez (three) and Philadelphia’s Aaron Nola (two) are the only other bowlers to have bowled more than one.

“It’s impressive because it’s so different now,” Miami manager Don Mattingly said. “I saw something in Sandy Kovacs and he had a full 28 games in one year. That’s probably really the equivalent of it. Throwing five in today’s game, nobody really wants you to do that.”

The Marlins didn’t show anyone a Bullpen, even as Alcantara worked around the singles twice in a row for eighth. Alcantara allowed only four contestants to reach the scoring position.

“When he comes out whenever he needs to. It’s impressive,” said Washington’s seed hitter Luke Voight. “He’s having a great year. He was clearly in pursuit of Cy Young. Thanks to him. He shoots about 10 ball throws roughly per turn.”

Jarrett Cooper hit Homer in the sixth inning to the left of center for Miami, who lost seven of nine.

Washington, the 51st-95th worst major league title, has not swept any series this season. The Citizens are 3-13 against the Marlins.

Luis Garcia hit the sacrifice fly in the fourth for the Nationals.

Anibal Sanchez (2-6) allowed two runs in six innings while writing off three. The right-hander has not allowed more than two rounds in each of his last six starts, and has reduced his ERA from 7.20 to 4.40 in that span.

Bryan De La Cruz had a RBI two-team single at second and one at number nine.

MARLINS: SS Miguel Rojas left in fifth with stomach cramps.

Nationals: DH Nelson Cruz (eye infection) was left out of the lineup for the fourth game in a row. “He still has problems concentrating, so it’s going to be day in and day out,” said manager Dave Martinez. “Hopefully the drops keep working and he’ll wake up one day and say he’s fine.” …from Lynne Thomas He was out of the starting line-up for the first time since August 13th. It’s 0 for 11 against Alcantara.

Marlins: RHB Edward Cabrera (5-3, 2.70 ERA), who went five rounds uninjured against the Cubs on Aug. 5, faces Chicago again on Monday as Miami returns home in six games.

Nationals: RHP Cory Abbott (0-2, 4.37) faces Atlanta for the first time in his career on Monday as Washington begins a three-game streak against the Braves.

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