MIAMI -- When you're facing the team that's given up the fewest amount of runs in the Majors, you try to manufacture as much as possible.
Jose Reyes did exactly that in the seventh inning on Monday, creating an insurance run in Miami's 5-3 win over the Nationals.
Reyes floated a hit into center field that he stretched into a double. He moved to third on a groundout to third and scored on a sacrifice fly to short center field.
"That team is playing so well right now, every run you get right now is huge," Reyes said. "With the staff they have right now, every run is huge."
The Nationals have allowed 159 total runs, and 144 earned runs, the fewest in the game.
As a catalyst, Reyes adjusts his approaches late in the game. In the early innings, he may be more aggressive early in the count. But in the final innings, if Miami needs a baserunner, he will work deeper counts.
"It changes in close games," Reyes said. "Maybe I'll take more pitches and try to get on base, no matter what. It's not always where I think I have to get on base with a hit. You can get a walk. It's huge, especially in close ballgames.
"I put one thing in my mind, 'Don't try to put too much pressure trying to get on base.' I look for my pitch. If it's not there, I'm going to take it."