WASHINGTON -- Justin Bour drove home the game-winning run in the 10th inning with a two-out double into the left-field corner to complete a 4-3 come-from-behind victory for the Marlins in Thursday's series finale against the Nationals.
Miami's offense collected 14 hits on the day and scored all its runs with two outs to secure the team's first victory of the season and avoid an opening-series sweep. Bour's heroics came after the teams traded runs in the late innings.
"We didn't want to get on that train tonight to New York with no wins," said Bour, who snapped an 0-for-10 slide to start the season. "So we got that first one out of the way. We're hoping to continue to build off that."
Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto hit a two-run homer in the top of the eighth to tie the game at 2, then Nats first baseman Ryan Zimmerman hit a solo homer in the bottom of the inning to give Washington a brief advantage. It was the second consecutive game with a home run for both Realmuto and Zimmerman. The Marlins stormed back again on a pinch-hit RBI single from Tyler Moore off right-hander Blake Treinen. Moore's hit tied the game at 3 and forced extra innings.
"When you lose the first two, you're basically in the salvage mode there," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "You don't want to walk out of here 0-3 to start the season. You don't want that thing to grow. It's good to get that one."
"You got to give them some credit over there," Nats manager Dusty Baker said. "They hit our best out of the bullpen."
The game began with a one-hour, 20 minute delay and was halted again before the start of the bottom of the sixth inning for a second delay that lasted one hour and three minutes. In between the two delays, left-hander Gio Gonzalez had a stellar 2017 debut. He struck out seven in six shutout innings, and stayed efficient and in command of the strike zone, recording only one intentional walk.
Adam Eaton and Jayson Werth provided the early offense for the Nationals with a solo home run apiece. Eaton hit his in the first inning, his first homer with his new team off Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler, who gave up one run on four hits in five innings. Werth added his insurance in the seventh. Marlins reliever Kyle Barraclough had faced 179 right-handed hitters in his career before allowing the long ball to Werth.
"Nobody's going to remember it now," Barraclough said. "Fastball right down the middle, 3-1. I didn't want to put him on. So see how far he can hit it, and he hit it pretty far. But the team won, that's all that matters."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Long day ends on soft popup: Nothing came easy in the late innings, and outs were hard to come by. The final three were no different for Miami closer A.J. Ramos. Protecting a one-run lead, Ramos issued a one-out walk to Bryce Harper, followed by Daniel Murphy's single.
With two on and one out, Ramos bared down, retiring Zimmerman on a popup to short, and the game ended on Anthony Rendon's popup to second.
"Everybody I face, I'm not trying to be cautious or anything," Ramos said. "That's not my game. If I'm cautious, a lot of times, that's when I give up home runs. When I throw every pitch with conviction, it's usually when I'm OK. I was trying to make the nastiest pitches to Harper. Obviously, you don't want to leave anything down the middle. I eventually walked him, but it ended up working out."
Moore comes through in pinch: It had been an uphill climb all day for the Marlins, and in the ninth inning with two outs and Adeiny Hechavarria on third base, pinch-hitter Tyler Moore came through with an RBI single to center off closer Blake Treinen, who was trying to lock down his third save of the series. The Marlins had threatened when the first two batters reached off lefty Sammy Solis. But after Dee Gordon bounced into a double play, Treinen entered for a one-out save attempt, and Moore prolonged the game with his RBI hit.
"Tough at-bat against Treinen there," said Moore, a former National. "Super happy for these guys, battling all the way back and coming through with the win."
"I think we're all just settling in. Today was a long day with the delays and stuff. Probably threw everyone off their routines, not to make any excuses or anything. Three games in, and I think everything will even itself out," -- Barraclough, on Miami's relievers giving up four homers in the series, including two on Thursday
"I love my bullpen. These guys are going to be one of the best, if they're not already. It's a tough one to lose, but that showed a lot of perseverance on their side over there." -- Baker, on the Nats' bullpen
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Twice in the series, it was announced Gordon had his first stolen base of the season. But on Thursday, steal No. 1 was official. Before the game, it was announced that the steal credited to Gordon in the ninth inning on Wednesday was changed to defensive indifference. Then, in the fifth inning on Thursday, after Gordon singled to left, he stole second. This one will stand.
Umpires initially ruled Zimmerman's go-ahead home run, which bounced off the top of the wall as he raced around the bases, a triple. But the umpires called for a review and saw the ball clear the top of the fence for a home run. The ball traveled an estimated 417 feet, as estimated by Statcast™, to put the Nats ahead temporarily.
The Marlins threatened in the ninth inning after the first two batters reached off Solis. Gordon was first looking to sacrifice bunt, but he swung at an 0-2 offering and bounced into a 4-6-3 double play. Miami challenged that Gordon was safe at first, but after a 43-second review, the call was confirmed.
WHAT'S NEXT Marlins: The Marlins open a three-game series against the Mets at Citi Field beginning 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday on MLB.TV. Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen starts for the Marlins, while the Mets are going with right-hander Zack Wheeler, who is starting for the first time since 2014. At the plate, Chen is 0-for-50 in his career.
Nationals:Max Scherzer, the reigning National League Cy Young award winner, will make his 2017 debut when the Nationals face the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Friday afternoon at 3:05 p.m. on MLB.TV. Scherzer battled a finger injury through the offseason and Spring Training that jeopardized the start of his season, but he begins the year without any lingering effects and without missing a turn through the rotation.