Stanton's first HR powers Marlins

Solano brothers combine to break tie in ninth

Stanton's first HR powers Marlins

JUPITER, Fla. -- The Solano brothers combined to give the Marlins an eighth-inning lead and Reed Johnson tacked on an RBI single for an insurance run in Miami's 5-4 win over the Nationals on Wednesday afternoon at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla.

The Marlins capitalized on third baseman Cutter Dykstra's throwing error, allowing Donovan Solano to reach. Jhonatan Solano's two-out, RBI single to center drove home his brother.

Miami pulled even in the sixth inning on Giancarlo Stanton's first home run of the spring. The blast, an opposite-field shot off Casey Janssen, came on the slugger's 24th plate appearance. Stanton ended the day going 3-for-3 with two RBIs.

Stanton was happy that his homer pulled the team even.

"I made good contact," Stanton said. "It tied up the game. That's all that matters."

"He's excited," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said of Stanton's first shot. "I know he probably downplayed it. But I talked with him today. We talked about how he feels. He looks confident. His swing looks good."

Redmond assesses Stanton's day

Washington had taken the lead in the fifth inning on catcher Clint Robinson's solo home run coming on Sam Dyson's first pitch of the inning.

Both starters worked four innings, and each allowed two runs.

Washington's Doug Fister scattered six hits and struck out one, and he was assisted by two double plays. Miami's Mat Latos struck out three, gave up two hits and two runs before his second spring start ended after 47 pitches.

The Marlins went with their projected everyday lineup.

"It was good," Redmond said. "These guys are going to get to play here together down the road. It was good to see them feed off each other."

In the second inning, the Marlins took the lead on Adeiny Hechavarria's RBI single to left. Miami slapped three singles in the inning off Fister. Martin Prado reached on an infield single, and he went to third on Jarrod Saltalamacchia's single to right.

The speed of Dee Gordon set the table for Stanton's RBI single in the third inning. Gordon lined a double to right-center before tagging up and moving to third on Christian Yelich's fly ball to left. With one out, Stanton lined a single to center, his second hit of the day.

Washington rallied for two runs in the fourth inning, taking advantage of a pair of stolen bases.

Latos retired the first nine he faced, but in the fourth, Michael Taylor singled to right and stole second. Dan Uggla had an RBI ground-rule double to right. Uggla swiped third and scored on Ryan Zimmerman's RBI groundout to short.

Up next: Miami travels to Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Thursday to face the Braves on MLB.TV and Gameday Audio at 1:05 p.m. ET. Tom Koehler, competing for the fifth starter spot, gets the nod. Atlanta is going with lefty Manny Banuelos. Ichiro Suzuki is among the position players making the trip.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.