Defense leads Nationals to second straight over Marlins

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“That first inning, we got two and that was nice but that had the potential for a lot more and we just couldn’t quite finish it off,” Riggleman said.

The difference Saturday was that they didn’t stop chipping away at Volstad and the Marlins pitchers, adding two more insurance runs in the top of the ninth to seal the victory. After a three-game sweep by the Philadelphia Phillies kicked off a lengthy divisional road trip, the Nationals’ victories in Florida — which have helped facilitate the Marlins’ first three-game losing streak of the season — have been pivotal.

“We feel great,” Espinosa said. “The vibe in the clubhouse is awesome. We’re never going to die. Even after the Philadelphia series, we were all on the same page that we’ve got to come in here, we need to win some games and get back on track.”

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