Postgame analysis of the Nats' 6-4 win over the Miami Marlins on Saturday afternoon at Nationals Park in the first game of a doubleheader:
How it happened: The Nationals kept rolling in the first game of their doubleheader with the Marlins on Saturday with an all-around effort on offense and another strong outing for Stephen Strasburg, who battled rainy conditions and a scrappy Miami lineup to put in another quality start. Strasburg walked three batters, but went six innings of three-run ball to set the stage for the Nats' fourth win in their last five games.
Michael Taylor reached base four times and Wilson Ramos smacked his fourth homer of the season, as five different Nats players drove in runs, the first four off Marlins starter Justin Nicolino. The Nationals moved to 10 games over .500 at 23-13 on the season with another game against the Marlins set for Saturday night.
What it means: The Nationals continue to rebound nicely from their four-game sweep against the Chicago Cubs, as they moved to 4-1 this homestand. They have won nine of their last 11 games against teams that aren't the Cubs. The Marlins have played them closely this season, though the Nats now stand 5-3 against them on the year having outscored them 31-27 overall.
Strasburg makes it work: Strasburg was effective overall on Saturday, but certainly wasn't as dominant as he was in his first outing against the Marlins on April 19. This time Strasburg went six innings with three runs allowed, gave up five hits and matched a season-high with three walks. Two of those hits were to Christian Yelich, who homered in the first inning and landed an RBI double in the fifth. Those were just the second and third extra-base hits Strasburg has surrendered to left-handed batters this season. Strasburg left the mound with a 2.95 ERA on the season through eight starts.
Taylor shines in leadoff spot: Taylor was back in the leadoff spot for the first game on Saturday with Ben Revere getting the afternoon off, and Taylor just happened to have one of his most complete games of the season. He walked in his first two plate appearances to tie a career-high. He also added a single in the fifth, a double in the eighth and two stolen bases. Taylor reached base four times in one game for just the second time in his career. He also reached four times on July 25, 2015.
Ramos comes through again: Ramos continues to play at a high level this season as the Nats' third-best offensive player. His homer was his second in the last seven games and he's now batting .359 with a .398 on-base percentage. It has only been 25 games, but The Buffalo is putting up the best numbers of his career.
Rivero bad, Kelley good: Felipe Rivero had another uneven outing, as he allowed a run in the seventh inning on a Martin Prado single. That was the 10th earned run Rivero has surrendered in just 17 2/3 innings of work this season. He now holds an ugly 5.09 ERA. The lefty did, however, get a big strikeout against Yelich before he exited. That was when Shawn Kelley took over and he quickly got Giancarlo Stanton to strike out and Justin Bour to retire on a groundout. Kelley, in contrast to Rivero, has been excellent this season and has yet to allow an earned run through 17 appearances.
Werth's best day in a while: Jayson Werth has been one of the Nats' streakiest hitters this season, but on Saturday he came through with two hits including an RBI single to contribute to a three-run first inning rally for the Nats. It was Werth's first multi-hit game since May 3 and just his second of the month through 12 games. Before Saturday Werth had two hits in 22 at-bats in his previous five outings.
What's next: The Nationals and Marlins play the second game of their doubleheader at 7:05 p.m. Tanner Roark (2-2, 2.03) will face off against 24-year-old Kendry Flores, who is making his 2016 season debut.