Marlins’ miscues open the door for Jayson Werth, Nationals

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Washington improved to 5-1 against the Marlins this year and 14-3 against them since July. Winning the series was especially sweet for the Nationals after they were swept last weekend at Atlanta.

“The way the road trip started, to get two out of three here is good,” Werth said.

Miami’s Derek Dietrich hit a tape-measure three-run homer, his third. The Marlins have homered in eight consecutive games after finishing last in the majors in home runs in 2013.

Giancarlo Stanton, baseball’s RBIs leader, went 0 for 4, including two at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Fernandez remained 11-0 at home and became only the third major league pitcher since 1914 to go unbeaten in his first 18 home starts, according to STATS. And he appeared headed for a victory until the sixth.

After Jose Lobaton led off with a double, Saltalamacchia made an ill-advised throw to third on a bunt, and both runners were safe when the throw was errant. With one out, Saltalamacchia dropped a pop foul for another error that forced Fernandez to throw extra pitches.

Werth’s homer deflected off the hands of a fan in the first row of the right-field seats. The ruling was upheld by a replay review that took only 22 seconds.

“We have the ability to come back because guys grind at-bats and never give up,” Williams said.

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