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Marlins aims to expand national dominance

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In many cases, the Miami Marlins may not look like a confident team, but they're probably tagging it this weekend.

After all, they are in Washington.

The Marlins will face the Washington Nationals again on Saturday, aiming to increase their recent advantage in the series.

Miami won nine of its ten meetings with the Nationals this season.

"It definitely helps," said Marlins third baseman Brian Anderson. "It's definitely a good sign to come there and win the first one."

The Marlins won the four-game series opener on Friday with a 6-3 decision.

Marlins was boosted by the return of second baseman Joey Wendle, who hadn't played in Miami since May 30 due to a hamstring illness. In his first gameback, he ran 2 to 4, ran a run, and recorded a run.

Anderson, who has just played his fourth match since returning from a one-month stint on the injured list, hit his first home run since mid-May. He ended up with two of Miami's 12 hits.

"Keep attacking the pitcher and don't let him breathe," Anderson said of his approach. "Do the same in defense, keep going to baseball, get them out and let our pitchers do them, and that will lead to victory."

In Miami The attack continues to receive a boost from Jon Berti, who added two more stolen bases on Friday and increased the total leading major to 24.

"I think (Belty) I know how effective he is at the base, and that's not a coincidence," said Marlins manager Don Mattingly. Said.

Berti's turmoil at the base pass is no surprise to the Nationals.

"Belty can run. Washington manager Dave Martinez said." We tried to pitch out once. Bertie can steal. (Catcher) I think Keibert Ruiz) got rid of it and threw the ball at the base. He's just fast. "

On Saturday, Marlins left-handed Daniel Castano (0-1, 2.57 ERA). I will go with you. Daniel Castano has made his fourth start this year and will make his seventh appearance. His only career win in 18 games (starting 13 games) was September 2020. At 6.75 ERA. Washington is the only opponent he has made multiple career decisions.

Right-handed Jackson Tellrow (2-1, 4.24 ERA) receives a Nationals call in his fourth career game. Everything starts. He has won each of the last two outings, throwing a total of 13 innings and allowing 4 runs (1 goal)_.

In both teams, the fielder was sent off early due to the illness of the series opener.

Miami shortstop Miguel Rojas ended late in the game with Stinger after hitting Wendle. His departure was considered primarily a precautionary measure.

"It seemed like we needed to get him out of there and make sure he was ready (Saturday)," Mattley said.

Nationals outfielder Victor Robles was pulled out of the match five times before by a bruise on his leg after fouling the ball from his left shin in the third inning. According to Martinez, he has a lump, but no major damage.

"He hurts," said the manager. "He will be every day."

– Field-level media