The speed of Denard Span enabled the Nationals to escape a close replay challenge in the decisive eighth inning of their 4-3 win over the Marlins on Wednesday at Marlins Park.
There was no better way for the Marlins to get their seven-game homestand started than with a series win over the Nationals. But with two games already in the bag, the Marlins came in Wednesday afternoon trying to sweep Washington and climb above .500 for the first time since June 20. The Marlins fell just short of that opportunity. Their late-inning comeback wasn't enough to avoid the 4-3 loss at Marlins Park that snapped the club's six-game win streak.
The clock is ticking and the Marlins are frantically working the phones, striving to add a controllable starting pitcher before Thursday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline.
When Ed Lucas was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on July 20, the Marlins had just put together a string of six consecutive losses. So returning to Miami's clubhouse at Marlins Park on Wednesday morning was something of a culture shock for the 32-year-old.