MIAMI — Starlin Castro said he has been feeling “a little lost”

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at the plate lately.Monday night Mickey Mantle Jersey , he rediscovered his stroke, belting a two-run double and a solo homer as his Miami Marlins defeated the visiting Washington Nationals 8-5.The Marlins are in last place in the National League East and have not been in contention all year, so the victory was merely for pride and the stat books.Article continues below ...But the Nationals (76-75), who won this division three of the past four years, including the past two in a row by large margins, are a different story.The Nationals are now long-shots to make this postseason, and Monday’s performance — giving up a 4-0 lead — had to hurt.On Tuesday, the Nationals and Marlins will conclude their brief two-game set. Washington will start veteran right-hander Stephen Strasburg (8-7, 3.87 ERA). Miami will go with rookie right-hander Sandy Alcantara (2-0, 1.42 ERA).Dating back to April 2017, Strasburg has dominated the Marlins, going 4-0 with a 0.67 ERA.Overall, Strasburg, who at age 30 still has an above-average fastball with a norm of 94.8 mph, has won his past two decisions. His most recent start, on Wednesday at the Philadelphia Phillies, was Strasburg’s best since May. He struck out nine, walked none and allowed just one run in seven innings.One of Strasburg’s oddest patterns this year has been his home struggles — 2-5 with a 5.20 ERA. But he is 6-2 with a 2.26 ERA in eight road starts.He has also been strong in September , going 1-0 with a 2.41 ERA in three starts.The Marlins, though, have shown they will battle, just as they did on Monday.“I give credit to our whole lineup,” Castro said of a Marlins team that pieced together six singles, six walks, two doubles and one homer on Monday. “We started the game losing, but we all came up with big at-bats.”Marlins manager Don Mattingly said he was proud of his team.“It feels good that our guys are fighting,” Mattingly said. “You want your guys to compete no matter the situation.”Mattingly has to be happy with the compete level of Alcantara, whose average fastball is 95.2 mph. He has thrown as hard as 102 mph, and, at age 23, he is a big part of Miami’s future.Alcantara has lasted seven innings in each of his past two starts. In those two games, he has allowed a total of just five hits and two runs, striking out 12.Washington has its own young stars — outfielders Victor Robles and Juan Soto. Robles, a 21-year-old with just 44 at-bats at this level, hit his first major-league homer on Monday night, blasting the ball 427 feet to left. His shot had an exit velocity of 105 mph.The 19-year-old Soto has hit 20 homers so far this season Roger Maris Jersey , which ranks him third in major-league history in the category of long balls hit by a teenager. Tony Conigliaro is atop the list with 24 homers. Washington’s Bryce Harper hit 22 homers as a teen.Strasburg recently gave Soto exceptionally high praise.“He is reminiscent,” Strasburg said, “of watching (a young) Tony Gwynn.” ATLANTA (AP) — Niko Goodrum was an unlikely offensive force.To do it before the home folks made it even sweeter.Coming into the night batting just .208, Goodrum homered twice and had a career-high five hits to lead the Detroit Tigers to an 8-2 rout of the Atlanta Braves on Friday.Article continues below ...Nicholas Castellanos and Grayson Greiner also went deep for the Tigers. Spencer Turnbull pitched into the seventh inning, allowing just five hits and one earned run in dealing the Braves their third straight loss at SunTrust Park.But this night belonged to Goodrum, who had a large contingent cheering him on. He is a native of suburban Fayetteville, less than 40 miles south of the Braves’ stadium, and this was his first time playing in Atlanta.“I haven’t played in front of the majority of them since high school,” Goodrum said. “To come out there and perform like that, I’m sure they had a good time. It’s pretty cool.”How cool?According to STATS, Goodrum was the first player to have five hits while playing for the first time in his home state since Ohio-born Pete Susko did so for the Washington Senators at Cleveland in 1934.“Playing in front of your family is always good,” Goodrum said. “Some of us can’t do that because we don’t come to Atlanta a lot.”Goodrum launched a 419-foot drive that nearly went into the Chop House restaurant above the right-field seats in the third inning. He hit another almost as far in the eighth for the second two-homer game of his career, the other coming against Cleveland on May 14, 2018.A triple would’ve given him the cycle.“I knew I had a home run, a double and a single,” he said with a chuckle. “I’ll take it.”Goodrum finished 5 for 5 to raise his average to .230. He scored four times and also collected a run-scoring single in a three-run fifth that blew the game open.Greiner homered in the second, and Castellanos added a two-run shot that capped a fifth that was sparked by JaCoby Jones‘ leadoff triple. He got his left foot to the bag just ahead of Josh Donaldson’s tag on the knee — a call that was challenged by the Braves but upheld after a video review.Buck Farmer came on in the seventh when the Braves loaded the bases against Turnbull (3-4) with no outs. Atlanta got a run on Brian McCann’s sacrifice fly and reloaded the bases when Ozzie Albies reached on an infield single that deflected off Farmer’s glove. But the Tigers reliever escaped the jam when pinch hitter Charlie Culberson grounded into an inning-ending double play.After two straight strong starts, Atlanta’s Mike Foltynewicz (1-4) had another rough night. His slider was dominating at times — he struck out eight — but too many mistakes up in the zone doomed the right-hander.That’s a familiar theme. Of the 31 runs Foltynewicz has given up this season , 19 have scored on homers.“It was weird,” said Foltynewicz, who surrendered seven hits and five runs in five innings. “I thought I threw the ball pretty well, but the score says otherwise.”Atlanta has been outscored 22-6 in its last two defeats.MORE RARE TERRITORYGoodrum was the first Detroit player to post at least five hits, four runs and three RBIs in a game since Carlos Pena on May 27, 2004.DEFENSIVE LAPSESThe Braves had a rough inning defensively in the seventh.Reliever Jerry Blevins made a terrible throw to first on an attempted pickoff, and Donaldson was charged with the second error of the inning when he failed to come up with a chopper down the third-base line.The Tigers wound up scoring twice, including an unearned run, to push their lead to 7-1.TRAINER’S ROOMTigers: 1B Miguel Cabrera left in the sixth inning with right knee soreness and was listed as day to day. He said the knee has been bothering him the last three games, but it swelled up against the Braves. “We’ll see how I’m feeling tomorrow and go from there,” Cabrera said.Braves: OF Ender Inciarte isn’t close to returning to the active roster. “He hasn’t started his baseball stuff yet,” manager Brian Snitker said. “He needs to come in a few days in a row feeling pretty good, amp up his running and things like that before we see him swinging a bat.” Inciarte has been on the injured list since May 15 with a lumbar strain.UP NEXTAtlanta right-hander Mike Soroka (5-1) will look to continue his brilliant start to the season when he faces Detroit lefty Daniel Norris (2-3, 4.18 ERA) on Saturday afternoon. Soroka has yet to allow more than one earned run in any of his eight starts and comes in with a minuscule 1.07 ERA. He is just a few innings shy of qualifying for the lowest ERA in the majors.

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