Matt Adams

Nationals snap five-game skid by winning 12-10 slugfest over Marlins

Juan Soto waves to the crowd after his three-run home run in eighth inning pushed the Nationals ahead in a 12-10 win over the Marlins.

Then Juan Soto crouched into the batter’s box, lifted a baseball high above Nationals Park and was rounding first when it landed in the red seats beyond the wall in left-center field.

Sean Doolittle gave up a homer in the ninth, teasing another bullpen implosion, but recovered for a rocky save that squeezed Washington back into the win column.

Never had Rizzo had this many decisions go wrong at the same time, even if there’s still some chance for Brian Dozier, Yan Gomes, Aníbal Sánchez, Kyle Barraclough, Jeremy Hellickson and — wait for it — Trevor Rosenthal to improve.

Pulling the plug, heading into Friday, could have meant firing Martinez after the Nationals were swept out of a four-game series by the New York Mets this week.

The game soon dissolved into a series of bullpen lapses, and the Nationals nearly won the battle of futility once the Marlins pushed ahead in the eighth.

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