MIAMI (AP) — Brian Anderson circled the bases so quickly after his second home run Friday that he nearly overtook Jesus Aguilar, who playfully motioned his teammate to slow down.
No need to rush. Anderson and the Miami Marlins are on pace to end their 17-year playoff drought.
Anderson had three homers and seven RBIs, matching the franchise record in both categories, and Miami earned a doubleheader split by beating the Washington Nationals 14-3.
The Marlins remained in second place in the NL East as they chase their first playoff berth since 2003. They’re 3 1/2 games behind first-place Atlanta, and a half-game better than third-place Philadelphia.
Washington was the first opponent to face Sanchez for a second time.
“You don’t want to get deep in counts against that guy,” Nationals catcher Yan Gomes said. “He’s a tremendous young guy. We were just trying to get something early in the count and do the damage we can.”
Gomes and Luis Garcia each had two hits and scored twice. Andrew Stevenson, recalled before the game from the Nationals’ alternate training site, had a two-run single for his first hit this year.
Fedde (2-3) walked two, hit a batter and matched a career high in innings, lowering his ERA from 5.06 to 4.36.
“I was able to be really effective inside, and it opened up the down and away,” Fedde said. “It’s nice when you can hit your spots consistently and get the calls. A good day.”
Anderson joined Mike Lowell (2004) and Cody Ross (2006) as the only Marlins with a three-homer game. But it was Miguel Rojas’ 20-foot RBI dribbler with the bases loaded and two out that helped blow open the nightcap in the third inning.
Pitcher Kyle McGowin gloved the ball and shoveled it to catcher Kurt Suzuki, but the runner was safe. Lewis Brinson followed with a two-run single for a 6-2 lead.
Corey Dickerson had three hits, including a leadoff homer in the first, and drove in two runs. Yimi Garcia (3-0) got two outs as four Marlins pitchers combined on a six-hitter.
Washington’s Wil Crowe (0-2), making his third career start, allowed six runs in 2 1/3 innings.
Nationals: SS Trea Turner pulled up with a grimace following a defensive play and left the second game in the sixth inning. … Holt took the mound when RHP Aaron Barrett left in the sixth accompanied by the trainer.
Nationals RF Adam Eaton, batting a career-low .226, went on the injured list with a broken left index finger.
“It’s fitting for how my year has gone to end on that note,” he said. “It has been a trying year, to say the least.”
Nationals: Holt was reinstated from the paternity list, and OF Yadiel Hernandez was optioned to the alternate training site.
Marlins: RHP Johan Quezada was optioned to Miami’s alternate training site, and RHP Robert Dugger was recalled.
Nationals: LHP Patrick Corbin (2-5, 4.10 ERA) is scheduled to start Saturday in the third game of the series.
Marlins: RHP Pablo López (4-4, 4.02 ERA) gets the ball for Miami.
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